Hargreaves calls it quits
Bulls prop retires over a lack of respect
Last Updated: 20/09/12 6:54pm
Bryn Hargreaves: Has retired from rugby league after his contract expired
Bradford Bulls prop Bryn Hargreaves has confirmed his retirement from rugby league aged 26.
The former Wigan and St Helens man has decided to call time on his career in the game due to the lack of respect towards the players.
The Bulls have endured a disastrous season off the field including entering administration due to financial difficulties, issues that have taken their toll on Hargreaves.
Hargreaves decided to call in quits in July, but wanted the decision to be kept quiet so that his future would not impact his colleagues before the season had ended.
"We're pieces of meat at the end of the day and we're not treated with much respect in rugby league as it is."
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"Obviously it's not a decision that I came to lightly. I had some options and was weighing things up before getting the players together and informing them of my decision after the Leeds game at Headingley on July 20," he told the Telegraph and Argus.
"I didn't want my decision to impact upon anyone else or the club, so I said to the lads 'if you can keep it to yourself I'd appreciate it'.
"Being a rugby league player is not a very sustainable and secure future as it is, but then you see what happened at Bradford and you think 'wow, the carpet can really be pulled from beneath me here'.
"We're pieces of meat at the end of the day and we're not treated with much respect in rugby league as it is.
"There was a meeting scheduled with the administrator and they didn't even bother to turn up or tell us what was happening. I wouldn't wish that level of disrespect on my worst enemy."