Concussions force Leigh star Blake Wallace into retirement

Leigh half-back Blake Wallace has been forced to retire at the age of 29 due to recurring concussion symptoms. 

The Australian joined Leigh ahead of this season after spending four seasons with Toronto Wolfpack but injury unfortunately limited him to just three games for the Centurions.

Wallace suffered a concussion earlier this season and he says he has taken the decision to retire due to advice from medical professionals.

“When I was a kid all I ever wanted was to play professional rugby league,” he posted on Instagram. “In doing so it’s allowed me to travel to different parts of the world over the last five years fulfilling that dream. It’s a journey that’s uniquely my own and it’s something I’ll be forever grateful for.

“Unfortunately, injuries come with playing and earlier this year I suffered a concussion. The issues and symptoms I’ve had since that concussion have gotten to the point where I can no longer continue to play the game I love. After speaking with the medical professionals they’ve made the decision to medically retire me. At the end of the day as much as I’d love to continue playing, my health comes first.

“To everyone at Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack – thank you for everything you’ve done for me over the last five years. It’s been one hell of a ride and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve gained some mates for life at both clubs and I wouldn’t change a thing.

“Finally to my wife and parents – Kel you’ve had my back and supported me ever since we met. I’m grateful I’ve had you by my side, especially over the last 16 months. To my mum and dad – I can’t thank you guys enough. You believed in me when not many did. I guess all those arvos down Reed Park paid off. Now it’s time for the next chapter and set of goals.”

Wallace was part of Toronto’s first-ever squad and went on to score 50 tries in 75 appearances for the Canadian outfit before joining Leigh earlier this year.

2 Comments

  1. Blake Wallace 3 games & Ben flower 4 games this season . Beaumont must be pulling his hair out , we could have got better more fitter players in who could of played more instead of players coming in for there final payday . We were up against it from day 1 , no central funding against all other established super league teams . You can bet toulouse get a bigger handout next season . Onwards & upwards leigh , better things to come but we will have to do it alone again.

  2. Same old comics,injured super league has beens over grass roots leigh fans who sign for the likes of Wigan saints Warrington try encouraging the younger players at leigh East leigh miners Parkside offering them better deals instead of spending thousands on super league has beens who play a couple of games,…… disgruntled leigh fan since 82

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