Bailey calls time on career

Salford City Reds forward Phil Bailey has announced his retirement due to uncertainty over his return from an achilles injury.

The 30-year-old joined Salford at the end of last season from Wigan Warriors. He retires without having made a Super League appearance for the Reds.

Bailey originally sustained the injury while playing for Wigan but aggravated the injury in a training session soon after joining Salford.

The club said the Australian was confident he could recover but it was uncertain how effective his rehabilitation would be. Bailey therefore felt it was in the club’s best interests if he retired.

“We appreciate Phil’s honesty in this matter. He could have sat around for the next two years picking up his salary, but that is not the kind of person he is,” said Steve Simms, the club’s director of football.

“The Phil Bailey we signed during the close season could have added greatly to our effectiveness this year, but it was not to be, and we wish Phil the very best for his future.”

Bailey said: “Whilst I’m naturally disappointed in having to retire due to injury, I also realise it’s part of the game I have played and loved my whole life.

“I wish the entire Salford organisation the best of luck for the future and I’m saddened at being unable to contribute to their exciting plans.”

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