Gary Wheeler calls time on his career

Drew Darbyshire
Gary Wheeler Barrow Raiders

Photo: Barrow Raiders

Former St Helens and Warrington utility Gary Wheeler has announced his immediate retirement from professional rugby league, aged 33.

The St Helens-born back scored 38 tries in 121 career appearances for St Helens, Warrington, Toronto Wolfpack and Barrow.

Wheeler played in Saints’ defeat to Leeds in the 2011 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. He also won representative honours with England Knights in 2012.

Gary Wheeler on his decision to retire

Wheeler posted on Instagram: “Well it’s finally time to call it a day.

“This is a hard one for me to accept and say.I’ve been putting it off for a while, but now it’s out of my control. Injuries have played a big part in my career but unfortunately this one can’t be healed with another operation.

“25 years ago this journey started as an eight-year-old kid with a dream. I can say it’s been one hell of a rollercoaster, I’ve had an amazing career despite all the setbacks and adversity.

“I’ve met some amazing people along the way and I’ve saw the world doing it. So a big thank you to all my team-mates, coaches, friends and fans who’ve supported my journey along the way.

“To all my family who’s been there through all the highs and lows, The sacrifices you’ve had to make to I’m forever grateful.

“Big thank you to Blackbrook Royals, St Helens, Warrington Wolves, Toronto Wolfpack and Barrow Raiders – it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be part of your club and heritage.

“Looking forward to the next chapter in my life, still being involved with the sport and also helping out the next generation.

“Hopefully I can pass on my learning experiences to them and give them as much help and guidance as I can.

“It’s been a pleasure.”

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