WAKEFIELD Wildcats forward Glenn Morrison has been forced to call time on his 16-year playing career after suffering a shoulder injury in the first week of pre-season training.
The 35-year-old, Wakefield’s captain last season and Man of Steel winner, had only signed a new one-year player-coach deal with the club last month but will now focus on his coaching duties.
Medical experts confirmed he suffered a labral tear in his left shoulder as well as major damage to the joint capsule and bone damage that will need repair by taking bone from his hip.
“When I signed the new deal recently I still felt I had a good year or two in me,” said Morrison.
“I had a good year last year getting into the Exiles squad and winning the award at the end of season dinner.
“It’s hard to take that I don’t get to finish in my last game as I would have wanted to, but looking back on the game against Bradford it was a good win and it stopped us getting the wooden spoon so I’m pleased with that.”
Morrison, who also played for Bradford Bulls and in the NRL with North Queensland Cowboys, won the Man of Steel award in each of his two seasons with Wakefield and also captained the club last term.
He continued: “I’m still pretty shattered by what’s happened and it hasn’t really sunk in that I won’t be playing anymore. But I’ve had a great time over sixteen seasons and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I want to thank all the coaches, players and fans that have helped me so much throughout my career and a special thank-you to my family who have provided fantastic support to me through it all.”
Wildcats chief executive James Elston said: “Glenn has been a fantastic professional and it’s a shame that his retirement has been forced on him in this way.
“Being a rugby league player is a lot more than just what you do on the pitch and Glenn is a fantastic role model for any young player in how to apply yourself in training and being an ambassador for the sport within the community.
“Coaching is something that he has been passionate about for a long time and we know that he’ll continue to make a big contribution to the club in his role as Assistant and under 20’s coach.”
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