Brett Delaney announces retirement with immediate effect

Featherstone forward Brett Delaney has announced his decision to retire from the game with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old, who only joined Rovers in the off-season, suffered a facial injury while representing his former club last July and saw it flare-up again when Rovers faced Halifax in January.

Delaney made almost 300 career appearances for Parramatta Eels, Gold Coast Titans and Leeds, scoring 45 tries.

On his decision to retire, Delaney said: “Unfortunately, it’s not worked out and it looks like I will have to have another operation, but I’ve still really enjoyed the short time I’ve had here.

“I’ve had a great career, where I’ve done everything and don’t have any regrets.

“I’d like to give a special thanks to all my coaches and the supporters at Leeds and Featherstone.

“Rugby league has a special community and now I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Foundation at Leeds.

“I’m looking at continuing with my coaching badges too and working with young players, probably on defence.”

Delaney won four Super League titles, two Challenge Cups, a League Leaders’ Shield and a World Club Challenge in his time at Leeds.