Exclusive: Ex-Hull KR forward makes shock retirement decision aged 22

Former Hull KR forward Owen Harrison has retired at the age of just 22.

After leaving the Robins during the 2021 season, Harrison joined Dewsbury Rams for the remainder of the year under head coach Lee Greenwood but has decided to hang up his boots.

That decision wasn’t easy, but Harrison revealed family reasons provided the catalyst to make a move outside of the sport.

“I don’t have the time anymore because I am too busy with work,” Harrison told Serious About Rugby League.

“And then with a daughter on the way in March, I want my week nights and weekends free for family time.”

The 22-year-old has instead gone into the property business with MHO Property UK as well as Wright Property Renovations and it is this which Harrison will now concentrate on.

After making 14 appearances for Rovers during 2019 and 2020, Harrison found first-team appearances hard to come by at Craven Park in 2021 and in June 2021 joined Newcastle Thunder in the Championship on loan until the end of the season.

However, a permanent move to Dewsbury soon followed after the forward made five appearances at the Tetley’s Stadium on loan in 2019.

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