Super League: Hull KR centre Sean Gleeson forced to retire
Last Updated: 02/06/14 1:09pm
Sean Gleeson: Forced to retire at 26
Hull Kingston Rovers centre Sean Gleeson has announced his retirement at the age of 26 after failing to fully recover from an assault outside a nightclub.
Gleeson, who joined Rovers on a three-year contract from Salford at the start of last season, sustained a serious eye injury while being attacked by three men in Greater Manchester three months ago.
In a statement, the club said: "It is with deep sadness and regret that Hull Kingston Rovers can confirm Sean Gleeson has called time on his career with immediate effect.
"The Robins centre suffered a serious eye injury earlier this season and has been advised to retire from rugby league at the tender age of 26 following a meeting with medical experts last week."
Gleeson, who also played for home-town club Wigan, Widnes and Wakefield, made just six first-team appearances for Rovers after being dogged by injury.
"It is with saddened regret that I have made the decision to retire from the great sport of rugby league," he said.
"Coming to terms with this news has been difficult, but I would like to thank my agent, Martin Shuttleworth, for his support and guidance during these hard times as well as (chief executive) Mike Smith at Hull KR for his support and understanding of the circumstances I have been going through.
"I would also like to say a big thank you to the Hull KR fans for welcoming me to the club and to Hull, where I have made so many friends in and out of rugby league.
"Lastly, I would like to thank (coach) Craig Sandercock for believing in me, giving me the chance to play for a club with such great heritage and for standing by me through the injuries that I sustained. I have learned so much from Craig and have massive respect for him."