Forced to retire due to injury is never a fun feeling for any player but it is a reality and for Widnes Vikings prop Steve Pickersgill, it is a reality he has faced, making the decision to retire from rugby league due to persistent injuries.
The last 12 months in particular have been the toughest for Pickersgill, with the prop suffering neck and knee injuries, preventing him from making an appearance in the Super League this season.
Although it was not an easy decision, after discussing the matter with his family and the club, Pickersgill knew that it was the right decision to make.
â€œDue to the injuries Iâ€™ve suffered over the past few seasons, my family and I have decided that now is the time to retire from the game,â€ Pickersgill said.
â€œIâ€™ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in professional Rugby League, especially the five years at Widnes Vikings.
â€œI just want to take this opportunity to thank everybody at the Club and especially the players I have played alongside. Itâ€™s now time for me to move on and begin a new chapter in my life and I would like to wish Widnes Vikings all the best for the future and hopefully silverware isnâ€™t too far away.â€
The coaching staff are disappointed that it came to this but recognise the hard work and commitment that Pickersgill showed during his time at the club.
â€œItâ€™s been a very difficult decision for Steve to make and it will be sad to see him retire from the game,” said Widnes head coach, Denis Bettrs.
“Heâ€™s given great service to the Club over a number of years and we wish him well for the future and whatever direction he takes.â€