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Wigan Warriors announced today that Jamie Ainscough is to retire from the club.
Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay said,
"We have had an all clear following a recent blood test to determine if there was any infection left in Jamie's arm following his collision with a St.Helens player which left a tooth embeddied in his arm."
"At the same time Jamie's specialist has suggested that we have a further blood test in two months which would reveal if any infection had reoccurred. Jamie had the option to stay in England where we would monitor the situation but he prefers to travel home to Australia where he will be medically supervised and of course our Club Doctor will be in constant touch."
Jamie Ainscough said,
"My arm is still a bit sore and it would be painful to play so if I am to have a blood test every two months I may as well return home and see how it settles down. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and the Challenge Cup victory will always remain a special memory."
Maurice Lindsay concluded,
"We are obviously sorry that things didn't end well as Jamie has had some very good games for us . I will never forget his tackle on Sean Long during the late stages of the Challenge Cup Final which probably won the game for us. As always the players health must come first and we all trust that his arm will be fine following a period of rest."