WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats full-back Matthew Blaymire has been forced to retire from rugby league after suffering with a persistent knee injury.
The 29 year old will bring an end to his successful rugby career at the end of the season following a five-year spell at the Wildcats.
Blaymire came through the Wakefield academy before hooking up with York City Knights in 2003.
He returned to the Wildcats in 2007 and has gone on to make 95 appearances in the red, white and blue but a specialist has now advised Blaymire to quit the game.
Blaymire said: “I’m very sad to be leaving the club and of course the game, and it is something I wasn’t hoping to do at such a young age but I now have to move on to the next chapter in my life.
“I will look back on many fond memories at Wakefield, having made some life-long friends and worked with some great people.
“I would like to thank the Wildcats for my time here and I wish them every success for next season and beyond.”
Wakefield’s chief executive James Elston said: “Everyone at the club will be sad to see Matthew go, I personally have known him for over 10 years and he is a perfect example of proving that hard work does really pay off.
“He has been a great servant to the Wildcats and he is a credit to the club.
“On behalf of everyone here I would like to thank Matt for his efforts and wish him all the best in any future career plans that he may have.”
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