DEWSBURY Rams forward Scott Hale has announced his retirement from rugby league after a constant battle with a shoulder injury.
Hale made over 100 appearances for Dewsbury in a four-year spell with the club but has been struggling with a shoulder problem for the past two seasons.
“To be honest I have been struggling with a shoulder injury on and off now for the past two years,” said Hale.
“I was in that much pain with my shoulder I was struggling to train, never mind play, and it was getting me down, I had it scanned and it was looking like I would have to have more surgery on it.
“A job opportunity came up which I couldn’t turn down, plus the fact that I wasn’t actually playing regularly when I first joined, where I was playing week-in week-out.
“With the injury it was always going to be the case this year that if something came up that interested me I was going to take it.”
Hale, who scored over 20 tries in his time with Dewsbury only reflected positively on his time with the club.
He said: “The club has always been great with me and looked after me really well, and it is a sad decision that I have had to take a job and pack it all in.
“I have always enjoyed playing for the club and we have had some great times, being up and down in the league table.
“I have seen a lot change while at the club, things like the stadium improvements, the whole club has changed however I loved playing for it at every moment.
“I would like to thank all the fans that supported me while I was on the pitch, I was proud to play in front of them, I know they’ll keep going down to support the club even if it isn’t such a great time at the moment.”
Despite the Rams currently occupying 11th place in the league table Hale believes that the squad will be able to turn things around under Neil Kelly.
He said: “It was great that the lads beat Batley the other week, they are always great games to play in.
“I wished the boys all the best of luck for the rest of the season and I really hope they can get out of the position they are currently in.
“They are a lot better than bottom of the league, and hopefully the new coach will give them that confidence to go and win games which is something that seems to be lacking at the moment.
“Winning gives you confidence and that’s all I think they are lacking.”