Hunslet forward Richard Moore has been forced to retire from professional rugby league after suffering a head injury.
The 37-year-old, who re-joined the Parksiders for a third spell in the off-season, suffered a head injury in their opening round game against Doncaster.
After feeling unwell in the days after the game and following discussions with the club doctor, Moore was advised to have an operation and would no longer be able to play rugby league.
On his retirement, Moore said: “I’m deeply sorry that I couldn’t fulfil my contract with Hunslet.
“I would just like to personally thank the club for all of their help following my injury, and thank the fans for all of their support whenever I have been there
“Unfortunately, my career has come to an end. I’ve loved my time at Hunslet, and Hunslet will always be a club close to my heart.”
Hunslet director of rugby, Darren Williams, commented: “To lose Richie so early into his return to the club is a huge blow, not only to what we want to achieve on the field this year but also because he was instrumental on the commercial front in helping to increase season ticket sales.
“He was excited about returning to the club, having a clear goal to help us achieve promotion and establish ourselves in the Championship.
“The club will work with RL Cares to support Richie through this setback.”
Moore made almost 250 career appearances for Bradford Bulls, Keighley Cougars, London Broncos, Leigh Centurions, Wakefield Trinity, Crusaders, Leeds Rhinos, Halifax, Featherstone Rovers and Hunslet.