Leigh forward Simon Finnigan retires from rugby league at age 32 because of injury
Last Updated: 16/01/14 7:22pm
Simon Finnigan (r) tangles with England's Gareth Widdop
Leigh forward Simon Finnigan has announced his decision to retire because of injury at the age of 32.
Finnigan was born in Warrington and raised in Australia although he represented Ireland in both the 2008 and 2013 World Cups.
He signed for Widnes in 2003 after returning to England and then had spells in Super League with Salford, Bradford and Huddersfield.
A return to Widnes followed in 2011 and he moved on to Leigh ahead of the 2013 season.
"It's with a huge amount of sadness I'm announcing my retirement from playing rugby," said Finnigan, who is to join the Leigh coaching staff.
"Unfortunately injuries have played their part in my decision to call it a day.
"It's been my absolute privilege and pleasure to play rugby since I was nine years old. I've met some wonderful people along the way and forged friendships that will last a lifetime."