Engage Super League Champions Bradford Bulls have today announced that utility player Karl Pratt, released from his contract by the Bulls, has taken medical advice and has decided to retire from the game as a result of persistent shoulder injuries.

Pratt, who is 25, joined the Bulls from Leeds Rhinos in December 2002, played in 62 games for the Bulls, scoring 21 tries and was member of the Bulls team that won all the available domestic trophies in 2003, playing in both the Challenge Cup and Grand Final of that year and the World Club Challenge against Penrith in February 2004.?

Bulls Coach Brian Noble said today:

?It?s a major blow for Karl and I am very disappointed for him. To have to retire at such a young age is a bitter blow and I wish Karl well for the future. It should serve as a warning to other players to make the most of their careers whilst they can because you never know what is round the corner.?

Karl Pratt is understandably disappointed at having to quit the game:

?I am devastated at having to leave the game but the Specialist?s advice has to be adhered to and it has left me no other option. I would like to thank everyone at Bradford, especially Brain Noble and Chris Caisley, for the way they have handled this matter and I wish the Bulls every success in the future.?