Farrell hangs up boots

SCARBOROUGH player-coach Craig Farrell has been forced to retire from the game.

The 29-year-old, who recently switched codes after a highly-successful career in the world of rugby league, has decided to call time after picking another serious knee injury during the club’s recent clash with York.

Farrell has been blighted with knee injuries throughout his spell in both games, having had a number of operations on cartilage and cruciate ligament issues.

The Graham School teacher said: “I had an op last year to repair my cartilage, but they also had a look at my cruiciate.

“The surgeon said that it was still strong and steady, so I decided noth to have a further operation on it.

“I have played on it this season and it was alright until the York game.

“I made a tackle and it just went. I am waiting for an MRI scan, but from how it feels I think I have torn both my cruciate and my cartilage again.

“I think I’ll have to have a full knee reconstruction, so that is that. You have to listen when your body tells you these things.

“It hasn’t been the best of seasons for me. I have been struggling with a hamstring injury and now this has happened.”

He added: “My intention at the start was just to coach, but I did catch the bug of playing again.

“If there is something good to come out of this it will mean that I can concentrate fully on my coaching role.”