Halifax Panthers winger Robinson announces retirement
Halifax Panthers’ Shaun Robinson has confirmed he is to retire from rugby league with immediate effect to concentrate on his business and work commitments outside of the game.
The 31-year-old winger had only recently signed a contract extension with the club but with a growing business away from the sport, he felt now was the right time to hang up his boots and concentrate on life after rugby league.
Robinson joined Fax from Featherstone Rovers, ahead of the 2019 campaign and his no-nonsense approach saw him established as consistent starter and a crowd favourite, picking up 16 tries in 34 appearances for the club.
The Oldham-born winger started his career at his hometown club where he would stay for two seasons and has also represented Oxford, Rochdale and Swinton.
Among his stand-out moments include reaching the Challenge Cup semi-final in 2019 when Halifax battled Super League champions St Helens in a brutal encounter at the University Of Bolton Stadium.
Robinson said: “It’s a massive honour to have represented such a great club I want to thank everyone involved. I have been thinking about retiring for a while now.
“Last year was always my last, having a taste of life without rugby and being fortunate my business has grown in the last 12 months.
“It’s been a tough decision but the time has come to hang up my boots I’m sure you will see me around at the Shay when crowds are allowed back in. I wish all the lads the best.”
Head coach Simon Grix said: “Shaun has been a valued member of the team with committed and brave performances in his time with us.
“Like many people in wider society the last 12 months has had its ups and downs, providing a new perspective and opportunity to reassess everything and anything.
“Shaun’s business is going really well and he feels he no longer has the capacity to perform on all fronts.
“He has decided to focus his time on his family and his business. We respect that and thank him for his honesty.
“It goes without saying he will be missed and will certainly be welcome down the Shay anytime.”