Rugby league star Chris Tuson has announced his shock retirement from the sport.
A freak spinal injury – originally sustained in pre-season this year – has forced the Hull FC second-rower, who hails from Leyland, to quit the game aged just 26.
Tuson suffered a recurrence of the injury while playing for Hull FC against Warrington Wolves earlier this month.
The former Leyland Warriors, Bamber Bridge RLFC and Wigan Warriors player’s career has been plagued by injuries and in a statement released on Twitter, the former Runshaw College student admitted he was devastated.
He said: “On the back of medical advice, I’m very sad to have to announce my early retirement at the age of 26.
“Due to a recurrence of a previous neck injury I suffered at Christmas this year.
“I’m devastated to give up something that I love but health is more important at the end of the day.”
Tuson began his professional career at Wigan in 2008 and left the Warriors on a high as a Super League Grand Final champion and Challenge Cup winner last year.
He seemed set to join Wakefield Trinity Wildcats before the start of this season, but the deal fell through and he joined Hull FC instead.
Tuson will stay involved in the sport and will continue his association with Hull FC.
He set to take up a dual role as the club’s player welfare officer and assistant coach for the Under-19s side.
He added: “I’d like to thank both Wigan and Hull FC for the past eight years.
“I’ve got memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Also big thanks to the fans and my family for supporting me through my career.”