Featherstone Rovers forward Brett Delaney has confirmed he has been forced to retire due to a serious facial injury. The Australian joined the Championship club after a hugely successful spell at Leeds Rhinos.
He won four Super League titles during his time at Headingley before the 33-year-old decided to continue his playing career in the second tier in England.
However, he saw a broken nose and fractured eye socket become infected on two occasions and has now decided to go under the knife again and hang up his boots.
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Delaney told the Yorkshire Post: “I’m hugely thankful to Featherstone for giving me the opportunity to continue in my career. Unfortunately it’s not worked out and it looks like I will have to have another operation, but I’ve still really enjoyed the short time I’ve had here. “I’ve had a great career, where I’ve done everything and don’t have any regrets. I’d like to give a special thanks to all my coaches and the supporters at Leeds and Featherstone. “Rugby league really has a special community and now I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Foundation at Leeds. I’m looking at continuing with my coaching badges, too, and working with young players, probably on defence.”