Widnes’ O’Carroll retires following injury

Widnes Vikings forward Eamon O’Carroll has retired from rugby league after a nerve injury in his side’s game against Wakefield Trinity.

O’Carroll has played for three Super League clubs and has made 149 appearances in the top tier.

He has also been on the international stage with Ireland, picking up six caps over two World Cups for the Wolfhounds.

“Whilst I’m saddened that my career as a Rugby League player has had to come to an end, I’m also very grateful to have had the opportunity to live my dreams on the field,” O’Carroll told the official Widnes website.

“I’m very proud to have represented three great clubs in Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and Widnes Vikings, as well as my country too.

“I’d like to thank Waterhead Warriors ARLFC, who first introduced me to the game that I love, as well as the coaches, players, staff and supporters of every club that I have been part of.

“I leave the sport with some special friendships and memories, and I know that my experiences as a player have helped made me the person that I am today.”

Widnes boss Denis Betts added: “It is always sad when injury ends the career of a player of Eamon’s calibre,”

“He has always been 100% committed to the game and pushed his body to the limits for the sport. Unfortunately, he has had to recognise that it is time hang his boots up and move on to the next phase of his life.

“I am pleased that Eamon wants to continue to pursue a career in Rugby League, because he loves the sport and has a lot to offer it.

“On behalf of Widnes Vikings, I’d like to wish him well and thank him for his contribution to the club.”