Harvey quits rugby

Youngster goes back to oil industry after lack of Wolves action

Last updated: 8th March 2011  

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Warrington half-back Craig Harvey has decided to retire from professional rugby league at the age of just 22 to return to his career in the oil industry.

Harvey was on loan at Swinton last season, and produced some impressive pre-season performances for Warrington over the winter.

The former Wirral rugby union man bagged a hat-trick of tries in the Wolves' win over Widnes in a pre-season friendly on Boxing Day.

Harvey joined Wakefield Wildcats three weeks ago on a month-long loan deal, but has yet to get on the field for them and has now abandoned his rugby league career altogether.

An IT technician in the oil industry, Harvey secured a one-year sabbatical from that job when he made the first team squad at Warrington, but after a lack of action he has decided to go back to his original trade.

"The club wishes Craig well for the future and thanks his employers for keeping the position open for him at the company," said a Warrington spokesman.

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Jon Metcalfe says...

Kyle Eastmond leaves for RU at the age of 21. Craig Harvey leaves for the Oil Industry at the age of 22. Is this yet another worrying sign for our great game. Good young athletic half backs turning away from our game. Maybe the reason that so many players are deciding to leave our great game is that they are unsure of who to play for internationally. I mean we seem to give our top players the choice now. Welshman Evans choosing England. Brough & Ferguson choosing England (after playing for Scotland), and many more examples.

Posted 13:13 8th March 2011

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