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TUSON FORCED TO HANG UP THE BOOTS
By Tom Stewart | 29/07/2014
Hull FC were today
saddened by the news that forward Chris Tuson has taken the difficult decision
to retire from the sport with immediate effect after suffering a recurrence of
a back injury.
joined the Black and Whites from Wigan Warriors ahead of this season, but
suffered a freak spinal injury during a routine pre-season training session.
Having taken no
risks with the injury, which was similar to one suffered by teammate Aaron
Heremaia two years ago, he finally made his debut for the club in March against
suffered a recurrence of the injury in the recent home fixture against
Warrington Wolves and, after three weeks of tests and specialist consultation,
has been forced to retire to avoid causing any more significant damage.
the players this morning at the training ground to inform them of the news, a
devastated Tuson told hullfc.com, "I am extremely disappointed to have
to finish my playing career in this way, but my health and well-being has to
received first class support from the medical staff here, the specialists, and
of course my family. It was a very difficult decision to make, but it is the
discussions about playing on, but I can't be sure how the injury would react
and any wrong move could make it much more serious."
The Wigan academy
graduate also outlined the gratitude he felt, as he added: “Everybody at the
club has been great to me. The players, coaches, staff and the fans have all
been really supportive, and I'm gutted I've not had chance to repay that faith
on the field.
"I would also
like to thank my family who have always been there for me throughout my career
and who couldn't have been more supportive and understanding of the situation
over the last few weeks. They have reminded me there is much to life than just
playing rugby, although right now it doesn’t feel that way.”
Tuson is now
expected to take up a non-playing role at the club after impressing the
coaching staff with his knowledge and application since joining Hull FC in the
The former Warriors player will now fill the first
team position of Player Welfare Officer, as well as becoming Assistant Coach
for the Under 19s set-up.
Head Coach Lee
Radford paid tribute to Tuson’s mentality during a testing period personally,
and said: “It is a very sad day for Chris and for the club as he is an
influential player both on and off the field, and before the injury he was
starting to show signs of exactly why we brought him to the club.”
deserves their career to end in this way, but after considering all the factors
and specialist opinions, it is the right call for Chris and his family. He has
handled himself admirably over the last couple of weeks, despite such
expressed how eager he was for Tuson to remain involved with the club, adding:
“As one door closes, another opens, and we're really looking forward to having
Chris on the coaching team.
“He has a winning
mentality and the young players in the Under 19s will learn a lot from him and
he understands the mind-set of what it takes to progress as a professional
having come through the superb academy system at Wigan.
"He will also continue to work closely with
the first team on a number of off-field issues, and it will be a major boost to
the players having a character like Chris around the training ground.”