Lewis Tierney announces retirement

Lewis Tierney Leigh

Former Wigan, Catalans and Leigh winger Lewis Tierney has announced his immediate retirement from the game.

The 27-year-old was left a free agent after his contract at Leigh ran out. He made eight appearances for the club after signing ahead of the 2021 season from Catalans.

It was at the French side where he lifted the Challenge Cup back in 2018. He started the match as the Dragons claimed their first ever major trophy.

The year before, he had signed for the Dragons on loan and helped them secure their top-flight status.

He had come through the academy at Wigan and scored a try on his debut in a win at Widnes. In 2016, he was part of the Wigan side that beat Warrington in the Super League Grand Final.

Tierney also played for Scotland in his career. He qualified to play for Scotland through his paternal grandparents. The winger played in the 2016 Four Nations and the 2017 World Cup for the Bravehearts.

Injuries take their toll for Tierney

Explaining his decision to retire, Tierney said on Instagram: “Unfortunately over the past few years I’ve been dealing with different injuries and this year its finally come to a head.

“The specialists said my chances of returning to the pitch after the operation I need is very slim. It’s been a tough few years trying to get on the pitch but this year has proved most difficult for me physically and mentally.

“I’ve decided that I need to put my health and happiness first for once and retire from rugby. My whole life has revolved around this great sport so being told you won’t play again is every players worst nightmare and a day I thought I personally would never see.

“But now the day has finally come and I’m getting stuck into my other business ventures I honestly couldn’t be happier in my decision to retire and move onto my next chapter.”

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