Retired forward Iain Morrison has said he wanted to quit the game while he still had the respect of his fellow professionals.
Morrison, a Londoner who played Super League for the Broncos, Huddersfield and Hull KR before forging a reputation as one of the Championships best players with Widnes, Featherstone and Fax, announced the end of his career last weekend.
The 30 year old, who has endured a nightmarish sequence of injuries, made the decision despite what appeared to be a successful comeback from a 12-month lay off following knee surgery.
“The last time I played a first team game was May 6 last year, I have come back and played two under 20s games and it’s not happening for me,” said Morrison, who will now concentrate on his building his business as a personal trainer on Humberside.
“My knee is fine, but the rest of my body is in bits; my shoulders, I’ve torn my bicep, it just goes on.
“The club has been outstanding; Karl (Harrison), Lee Greenwood, the board, they’ve been first class trying to help me through, but you can only take so much.
“You have to call it a day sometime and I wanted to go out on my terms.
“I could have stayed and taken the mickey, but I wanted to stop while I still had some respect from my fellow players.
“Karl got me a chance to go to York to get some match fitness, but that wasn’t for me.
“No disrespect to anyone, but I didn’t want to end up playing too long and letting my standards slip.
“It’s time to turn the page and start a new chapter.”
Morrison told his teammates of his decision before Sunday’s 31-24 win at Hunslet, admitting emotion almost got the better of him.
“I rang Karl, told him what I wanted to do, and he asked me to come down and tell the lads myself,” said Morrison.
“I stood up before the game and I didn’t feel emotional at all until then.
“But you go through a lot as a team and you get a bond with people.
“I had the whole thing planned out in my head and in the end I said about 10 words and then nearly started blubbing.”
Morrison’s former teammates are next in action on Sunday week, when they travel to Dewsbury.