Super League: Widnes Vikings prop Steve Pickersgill forced to retire after injury
Widnes Vikings' Steve Pickersgill has announced his retirement from rugby league with immediate effect.
Last Updated: 20/05/14 4:30pm
The Vikings prop has not featured since June 2013 due to a neck injury and after talks with coaching and medical staff, Pickersgill has decided to call time on his career.
"Due to the injuries I've suffered over the past few seasons, my family and I have decided that now is the time to retire from the game," he told the club's official website.
He started his professional career in 2005 at Warrington and spent five years the club, making 36 appearances, before a loan to Widnes in 2009 and his switch was made permanent the following season.
Pickersgill made 35 appearances for the Vikings and proved to be an influential member of the squad before a neck operation in July 2013 prevented his involvement.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time in professional rugby league, especially the five years at Widnes Vikings," he added.
"I just want to take this opportunity to thank everybody at the club and especially the players I have played alongside.
"It's now time for me to move on and begin a new chapter in my life and I would like to wish Widnes Vikings all the best for the future and hopefully silverware isn't too far away."
The 28 year-old had signed a two-year deal last year, after playing three seasons with rolling contracts.