Dom Manfredi’s decision to retire immediately due to ongoing knee issues has been met with sadness throughout the rugby league community.
The Wigan winger had initially planned to retire at the end of this season, but yet another injury sustained to his left knee has left doctors calling for Manfredi to end his time on the rugby league field now.
At 27 years of age, Manfredi has made just 82 appearances after bursting onto the scene way back in 2013 with injuries hampering his career left, right and centre.
Despite all of that, he will be fondly remembered for scoring two tries in Wigan’s Grand Final success in 2018 – even after he had spent two years out with injury.
The Wigan club has revealed that due to the damaging extent of Manfredi’s injury, the winger needs an operation that will see his leg broken in a bid to realign his knee. The severity doesn’t end there as the 27-year-old will need a knee replacement in the future.
“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without Rugby League,” Manfredi said.
“I’m just disappointed it’s not ended on my terms, but I know I’ve given everything possible. There’s not one more percent I could have given. I’m finishing with no regrets – I’ve done everything I can. I’m just gutted.
“You take things from being in those dark places during your career. I’ve learned from past experiences that I will overcome it; I will get better and I will be alright – that’s what gets me through it and that’s what’s going to get me through this.
“I can’t thank the Wigan fans enough. I’ve got a close bond with them all. I have a lot of respect for them. They’ve been unbelievable supporting me down the years through everything and I just want to say thank you. I want to thank all the staff and players too. They’ve all been there for me.
“Rollercoaster is an understatement to describe my Rugby League career. It’s been up and down a few times but, on the whole, I’ve loved every minute. I’d do it all again, despite what it’s done to my body. It’s been worth it.”
It’s terrible news for a star that was utter class whenever he took to the field.