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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
Injured Newlove retires
Paul Newlove
Newlove enjoyed his best days at St Helens
Former Great Britain international Paul Newlove has retired at the age of 32 due to a persistant foot injury.

The former Featherstone, Bradford and St Helens centre, the most expensive player in rugby league history, has played just five times for Castleford.

Tigers chief executive Richard Wright said: ""Paul has done his best.

"He's been playing through the pain barrier but it's proved impossible to remedy the situation. We thank Paul for his efforts and wish him well."

Newlove bows out with the remarkable tally of 476 appearances for his four clubs and with 347 tries in his 16-year career.

He still holds the record for being the youngest Great Britain debutant at 18 years and 72 days, and won 20 Test caps from 1989-98.

After beginning his career with Featherstone in 1988, Newlove joined Bradford for a 245,000 fee five years later and in 1995 moved to St Helens in a world record move valued at 500,000.

Bradford received 250,000 and three players - Bernard Dwyer, Paul Loughlin and Sonny Nickle - in exchange for the powerful centre.

Newlove then went on to win every honour in the game during St Helens' early dominance of Super League, appearing in their Challenge Cup final successes of 1996, 1997 and 2001 and their World Club Challenge triumph of 2001.

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