Wigan forward Paul Prescott has retired from rugby league with immediate effect due to a problematic back injury.
Prescott, 27, who has represented Ireland at International level had this to say;
“After consultation with some of the best surgeons in the country, it is with great sadness that I am forced to announce my retirement as a rugby league player.
“This injury has been a persistent problem since its initial diagnosis in 2008 and the constant rehabilitation, treatment and maintenance a daily battle. Unfortunately after countless injections and two lots of surgery, the most recent in March of this year, the specialists have advised me that this can no longer continue.
“I leave the game with an enormous amount of pride at representing the club I supported since the age of five for over 10 seasons and the invaluable memories and winners medals from the 2010 Grand Final and 2011 Challenge Cup.
“I would like to thank my family and partner for their continued support through this difficult period. The support and advice given to me by the entire medical staff as well as Kris Radlinski, Shaun Wane and Ian Lenagan has been comprehensive and accepted with massive gratitude.
“Although it is disappointing to no longer be able to help my team mates on the pitch, I thank them for the memories, experiences and friendships. I will now be giving my support as a fan to a special and highly talented group of players for continued and increased success.”
Prescott made his Wigan first team debut back in July 2004 against Castleford, and has gone on to make 145 appearances for his hometown team.