Bulldogs star Maun to call time on career

BATLEY BULLDOGS star Danny Maun has revealed he will retire at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on an illustrious 12-year career.

Despite occupying Batley’s No.4 jersey, the 32-year-old has been pondering his future for some time, having made only a handful of appearances so far this term.

Maun, who had a three-season spell with arch-rivals Dewsbury from 2004 to 2007, claims he considered hanging up his boots with immediate effect.

But following conversation with head coach John Kear, the Wigan Warriors academy graduate has vowed to play on until at least September.

Maun is eyeing silverware in 2013 and is just seven appearances away from a remarkable total of 250 for the Mount Pleasant club.

“I was seriously thinking about calling it a day as of now, but I knew that wasn’t the right thing to do,” he told The Press.

“I have spoken at length to John, who has advised me to go out in the best possible manner and I intend to do so.

“I am seven games away from achieving a huge milestone and that was a personal goal of mine for this season.

“Missing games has irritated me but it’s probably an ego thing – I have a lot of pride and I hate watching from the stands.

“This will be it for me, though, I am definitely retiring at the end of the season – I will never play anywhere else – I just want to go out on a high.

“I believe we have a great chance to claim some silverware, a much better one than when we won the Northern Rail Cup in 2010, and I want to be a part of that.

“A trophy this season, or better still both, would be a dream way to finish.”

Maun underwent knee surgery back in January, which ruled him out for close to six weeks.

And the centre, who celebrated his testimonial with the club last term, admits fitness is proving a problem, with fellow three-quarters Jason Walton and Ayden Faal leading the way on the Batley flanks.

“I am really struggling to force my way back into the side,” admitted Maun.

“There is more quality here than ever before and I am finding the usual bumps and bruises are taking longer to overcome.

“Ayden and Jason are in great form and they are both fully fit and there is a huge amount of pressure on me to keep up with those guys.”

The Bulldogs travel to local rivals Keighley on Sunday afternoon in search of Northern Rail Cup progression, but it remains unclear as to whether Maun

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