Mennell: Decision to quit was difficult

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Halifax playmaker Paul Mennell said his decision to quit the game at the age of 28 was not taken on the spur of the moment.

The hooker or half back, a close season signing from Batley last winter, played his last game as a professional against Huddersfield.

Mennell has walked away from the second year of his two year contract with Richard Marshall’s side in favour of focusing on his teaching career and young family.

“It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly and it’s taken me a while to come up with,” said Mennell.

“I’m 28, so I’ve got time left but with work and family I just needed to step back from it.

“I teach, and I don’t think people realise how much you actually do when you’re a teacher.

“But it’s like anyone else in the team; people are out at work at 7am and maybe not coming back through the door until 10pm.

“It’s a massive commitment, and one that I’ve loved through my rugby career, but now is the right time for me to spend more time with my family and progress in my job as well.”

The timing on Mennell’s decision - on the eve of the new Championship season - has raised eyebrows, but the player admitted it had been on his mind for some time.

“I did the pre season because I wanted to make sure it was the right decision,” he said.

“I spoke to Richard about it and he was very supportive, as was everyone at Halifax.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the club for the way they welcomed me to the club last year and for the support they’ve given me since I told them of my decision.

“I think they’ll go well this year.

“It’s going to be a tough division, but they’ve trained hard and there’s a good spirit.”