Fylde hooker ready to retire

Jonny Roddam is calling it a day.

Jonny Roddam is calling it a day.

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Fylde Rugby Club hooker Jonny Roddam has announced he is retiring from the game at the end of the season.

Roddam, 31, said: “I have taken a lot of time to think about my retirement, and although I know I will miss playing I feel this is the correct decision at this stage in my life.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and am grateful for all the help and support I have had along the way.

“I have particularly enjoyed my four seasons at Fylde and have experienced some of my most rewarding moments in senior rugby, notably the 2010/11 promotion season.

“I will continue to develop my career in teaching and also continue to develop my coaching. I have no plans to coach in the senior game in the immediate future but look forward to new opportunities in rugby later down the line.”

Coach Mark Nelson said: “Jonny is an outstanding example of all that is best about rugby players. He is wholehearted, committed and a great team man.

“I have had the pleasure of coaching him at Sale, Orrell, Fylde and Lancashire, and throughout his career, which also includes spells at Harlequins and Sedgley Park, he has been an exemplary player.

“I wish him well and I am sure he will be an excellent teacher at Kirkham Grammar School and a great example to young players about the way to play the game and conduct yourself on and off the pitch.”