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Former London Broncos, Warrington and Salford hooker David Highton has been forced to retire from professional rugby league at the age of 25 due to a shoulder injury.
Highton signed for Halifax in November as a direct replacement for Hull KR-bound Australian Ben Fisher but has succumbed to a chronic shoulder injury, which was unsuccessully operated on in the autumn.
"It's very disappointing, both for David and us," said Halifax football manager Paul Dixon.
"He'd had the operation when we signed him, but the initial feedback from the specialist was that things had gone well.
"But he went back for a second check a couple of weeks before Christmas and he was basically told that the only thing he could do was to retire."
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Thanks to www.superleague.co.uk for this news.