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Last Updated: Monday, 29 November, 2004, 14:56 GMT
Saints legend Joynt retires
Chris Joynt
Joynt turned down offers to play on
Former St Helens skipper Chris Joynt has announced his retirement.

The 32-year-old forward helped Saints to four Challenge Cup and four Grand Final winners' medals and, notably, to World Club Challenge victory in 2001.

Joynt, who scored 121 tries in 382 games after leaving Oldham in 1992, also won 25 caps for Great Britain, six for England and five for Ireland.

"This was not easy as rugby league and St Helens have been my life, but a new contract was not available," he said.

Joynt revealed that he had turned down offers to continue playing rugby.

"Although I had offers elsewhere, I would not consider any other club besides Saints.

"I can look back on a great career with a great club with pride and with the satisfaction that I could have achieved no more.

I'm sure I speak on behalf of all St Helens and rugby league fans when I thank him
Eamonn McManus
St Helens chairman

"Saints will always remain very special to me as will the people of St Helens."

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus, added: "I find it difficult to envisage any player ever again making such an overall contribution to the Saints as Chris has.

"His playing and captaincy record is without equal and his legacy will be permanent.

"I'm sure I speak on behalf of all St Helens and rugby league fans when I thank him for his magnificent contribution to the club and to the game."

Joynt quits captaincy
13 Jan 04 |  St Helens

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