Rovers starlet calls it a day
Hull KR youngster Joe Wardill has decided to retire from professional rugby league due to persistent hip injuries.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the club back in 2016, but injuries have limited him to just 17 games, and the decision has now been taken to hang up his boots.
Wardill's time with the club is not over though and he has been handed the position of assistant coach of the newly-formed Hull KR Women's team.
"I want to thank everyone at the club for their support over the course of the last three years," Wardill told the club's website.
"Mentally, the challenges have been tough to overcome and it has been stressful. I've had surgery on my right hip three times in the last two-and-a-half years and it was my own decision to call it a day in terms of playing professional rugby league again.
"Even though I'd had a number of operations, the club were fantastic in giving me a three-year deal to try and get myself fit again, but it wasn't to be unfortunately.
"I've lived the dream albeit for such a short time. To play for Rovers was a huge achievement for me, coming through the academy and playing a good number of games was fantastic.
"I've won a derby, travelled to France, Australia and Canada playing this great game. I'd like to say a huge thanks to the supporters who have constantly had my back over the last few years."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.