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Chester retires with neck injury

Chris Chester
Chester had been sidelined with a calf injury earlier this season

Hull KR back-row Chris Chester has been forced to retire due to a neck injury at the age of 29.

Chester suffered the injury in the 30-16 victory over Catalans Dragons on 1 August and was stretchered off in a neck brace after a five-minute delay.

The former Hull FC player had played 13 times this season for the Robins, scoring two tries, but was out of contract at the end of the season.

He has been linked with a coaching role at National One side Featherstone.

"From the very day I went to Craven Park as a Rovers player I have been made to feel very welcome, from both colleagues and in particular the fans," said Chester.

"I've enjoyed every minute of my time here and I am sad to be leaving such a proud and prosperous club.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity that (Hull KR coach) Justin Morgan gave me and I have met some great people along the way who will remain friends forever.

"I've never met such passionate fans and they really are a credit to the club. I'm not too sure what I want to do in the future, at the moment I just want to concentrate on recovering from this injury."

Morgan added: "Chris is a great character with huge amounts of talent; he's that type of player that turns up week after week and put his body on the line on a regular basis in order to get the job done.

"You can't buy the professionalism or expertise that he possesses. He will be sadly missed and I wish Chris the very best in his recovery and for the future."

see also
Hull KR 30-16 Catalans Dragons
01 Aug 08 |  Rugby League

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