Shaw Cross Sharks captain Danny Flowers has retired due to a recurring shoulder injury.
Flowers, who only made 12 league appearances last season, has decided to take up the role as head coach of the Shaw Cross ‘A’ team.
The ‘Rats,” as they are commonly known, were forced to fold mid-way through last season but are aiming to form again next year.
Flowers decision to retire did not come lightly but he feels he has made the right choice.
“All of last season, and pretty much the majority of the season before that I had a problem with my shoulder,” said Flowers.
“And then last season I did my knee, so I didn’t play much last year because I was injured for half of it.
"I was just sick and tired of being injured, so I decided to call it a day.”
Flowers was unaware that Shaw Cross had identified him as a target to take over as ‘A’ team head coach and says it is the perfect opportunity to stay involved at the club.
“I still want to be involved in the club, and coaching the ‘A’ team is a great opportunity to do that. And, if needed, I may still be able to play occasionally,” he added.
“I have coached Under-18s before and I saw this as a good chance to make the step towards open age.
“We lost the team last year, but we still want to get two strong teams out every week next year.
“I am not sure what league we will be in but I want to try and push for the top of the table whatever division we play in.”
Shaw Cross Sharks are currently recruiting players for their second team and anyone interested should contact first team head coach Zach Johnson on 07738084078.
Updated 16:38 - 21 Dec 2017 by Ben McKenna