Huddersfield Giants prop forward Mick Slicker has retired from Rugby League due to chronic and persistent knee problems. The 26 year old Irish international has played only 8 games this year for the Giants and has reluctantly had to accept specialists verdicts that for his long term health and mobility it was time to hang the boots up.
Mick Slicker commented, " The specialists have given me the news that I didn't want but that I must act upon. I have struggled on for some time now and the staff at the Giants had modified my training to assist but unfortunately the knees have said no and that's it. I have young family and must think about my long-term mobility, which in the end made the decision much easier than perhaps people would think. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and have many fond memories - the highlight of which would be the NFP Grand Final win a couple of years back. Its frustrating when I see where the club now is from when I joined but I am confident that I played a big role in re establishing the club and I wish them every possible future success. I will still obviously follow the clubs progress and hope to remain involved in the game in a media or coaching role. For now though I am going to spend some time with the family before restarting my career in the joinery trade which is what I did before committing myself full time to Huddersfield.
Giants Head Coach Jon Sharp commented " It is a sad day for Mick but he has made the right choice for himself and his family. The day to finish dawns eventually for all players and it is a difficult time when it happens but you have to move on. He has given good service to the Huddersfield club and to me as Head Coach. I am sure that the supporters will join me in wishing him well for the future and that he knows he will always be welcome at our club to support the boys. "
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