When the news came through that Wigan’s Dom Manfredi was set to retire immediately, the rugby league fraternity rallied round the two-time Grand Final winner.
In June, the club announced that the winger was set to retire at the end of the 2021 season on medical grounds, but after another consultation, Manfredi called time on his playing career for good immediately.
The initial announcement came after Manfredi suffered a knee injury in training – an injury to his left knee that has given him multiple issues in the past.
Leigh-born Manfredi was at Wigan since he was 14, progressing through the ranks at scholarship and academy level to make his professional debut in 2013. Overall, he made 82 appearances and scored 57 tries for the Warriors.
Two of those tries – arguably the two most memorable – came against Warrington in the 2018 Super League Grand Final. Just weeks after returning from an ACL injury, Manfredi scored twice to inspire Wigan to Grand Final glory.
All in all, the 27-year-old hung up his boots with a Grand Final ring and a League Leaders’ Shield medal. He was also part of the 2016 Super League Dream Team.
And, it appears as though as the former winger has moved away from rugby league for good.
“I’ve been working at a metal stockholding company,” Manfredi told Serious About Rugby League.
“I’ve got quite an interesting role so I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”
Manfredi will take over the management side of things in a role that will give him a considerable difference of skills to that of a rugby league player.