Hull KR have confirmed the departure of forwards Nick Scruton and Lee Jewitt.
Scruton, 34, did not feature in the 2019 campaign and made 49 appearances for the club since 2017, scoring six tries. Upon surgeon’s advice, Scruton will call time on his playing career and retire from rugby league.
Meanwhile Jewitt, 32, featured in three matches this term, and on medical grounds will take an extended break from the game. Whilst there are no plans to retire immediately, Jewitt is exploring options off the field.
Scruton told the club’s official website: “Obviously it’s pretty devastating, the thought of not ever playing rugby ever again. It’s been a big part of my life for a long time, and it will be hard to get head around. But it’s for the best and on the surgeon’s advice it was my time to call it quits.
“The whole process has been tough but I can’t thank my family enough who have supported me from day one to today, and I’d like to place on record my thanks to Tim Sheens (KR coach), who has been absolutely class throughout the whole situation.
“I’d like to thank every supporter and every team-mate I’ve had the honour of playing with across my career, they won’t be forgotten.”
Jewitt added: “It felt like the right decision. At the end of the day, the club want a player on the field week in week out and I’ve not been able to give them that.
“Over the last few months I’ve been unable to be consistent and I’ve had to take a month out of the game with concussion on medical advice.
“From the club’s point of view I understand on wanting a player out there, and from my point of view that’s frustrating as I want to be out there but injuries have held me back. However, we leave on great terms. It was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings at all.”