Wigan Warriors Prop Paul Prescott has today announced his retirement from the game due to injury with immediate effect.
Paul made his Wigan First Team debut back in July 2004 against Castleford and has gone on to make 145 appearances for his Hometown Club. In 2013, Paul has managed just one appearance in the season opener at Salford and has been unfortunate with a problematic back injury.
Speaking about the decision the 27 year old who has also represented Ireland at International level said;
“After consultation with some of the best surgeons in the country, it is with great sadness that I am forced to announce my retirement as a Rugby League player with immediate effect after failing to overcome a back injury.
“This injury has been a persistent problem since its initial diagnosis in 2008 and the constant rehabilitation, treatment and maintenance a daily battle. Unfortunately after countless injections and two lots of surgery, the most recent in March of this year, the specialists have advised me that this can no longer continue.
“I leave the game with an enormous amount of pride at representing the Club I supported since the age of 5 for over 10 seasons and the invaluable memories and winners medals from the 2010 Grand Final and 2011 Challenge Cup.
“I would like to thank my family and partner for their continued support through this difficult period. The support and advice given to me by the entire medical staff as well as Kris Radlinski, Shaun Wane and Ian Lenagan has been comprehensive and accepted with massive gratitude.
“Although it is disappointing to no longer be able to help my team mates on the pitch, I thank them for the memories, experiences and friendships. I will now be giving my support as a fan to a special and highly talented group of players for continued and increased success.”
Wigan Warriors Rugby Manager Kris Radlinski paid tribute to Paul adding;
“It was a sad day when Paul sat down with Shaun and myself to deliver his news. It is a day that is inevitable for every sportsman but nothing ever prepares you. We have known that Prek has been in discomfort for some time now and believe he has made the right decision for his future. It is up to us now to support him through this difficult period. One of my favourite memories in recent years was seeing Prek and his great friend Joel Tomkins sharing a beer after winning the Challenge Cup in 2011 having both realised their boyhood dreams. His presence around the Club will be missed but I am confident that his career after the game will be a special one.”
Head Coach Shaun Wane commented;
“I feel hugely sorry for Paul that he has been forced to come to this decision through injury. Paul has been a model professional and is also a great person and he will be missed on the field by everyone who has played with or against him. I have seen Paul come through our Under 18’s and Under 21’s to become a regular in the Wigan First Team Squad and he must feel extremely proud to have represented the Club for over ten years. I am certain he will go on to be a huge success in whatever he decides the future holds for him and I wish him all the very best. “