Doncaster RLFC: Edwards retires to pursue ‘different opportunities’

Dons' Grant Edwards in action against London Skolars. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Grant Edwards in action against London Skolars. Picture: Andrew Roe

Long-serving forward Grant Edwards has announced his retirement from rugby.

Edwards has been an integral part of the club, playing a key role in both the 2012 Championship One winning season and the sixth place Championship finish last year.

Despite returning to the first team and playing a vital part in the side’s 34-42 away win against Sheffield Eagles and scoring a try just a fortnight ago, Edwards has admitted the time is right to hang up his boots.

“It has been the hardest decision I have ever made. I have been thinking about it for sometime and I feel the time is right to look to the future and different opportunities outside of playing,” he said.

“I would like to thank everybody from Carl Hall [Dons chief executive] right down to the physios, but especially the Dons fans whose support has been brilliant towards me over the past five seasons.

“It has been a pleasure to play with a great set of lads over the past few years and I wish them and Paul [Cooke - player-coach] every success for the rest of the season.”

Cooke added: “I would like to thank Grant for his efforts whilst playing for Doncaster, he has been a real pleasure to play alongside.

“Grant is a very smart and solid rugby player and extremely professional both on and off the field.

“He is a sad loss to the club and Grant will always be welcome back at Doncaster with open arms, in any capacity he wants.”

Hall said: “Grant will be a big loss to Doncaster RLFC, he has been fantastic for us and he is a smashing lad.

“We would have loved him to stay but understand his reasons for retiring and I wish him all the best for the future.”