Luke Walsh forced into retirement, aged 30

Luke Walsh’s has been forced to retire following a long battle with an ankle injury.

The 30-year-old has hung up the boots after failing to overcome the latest setback to the same ankle that has hampered his career for several years.

Walsh hasn’t played for the Dragons since February, and after several consultations has taken the decision to retire.

The former Saints star suffered a horrific back in 2015, breaking his fibula and tearing ankle ligaments.

Staggering, he made a return to the field, but sadly the weight of previous injuries has caught up with the halfback.

“I would like to thank the club for the support since I arrived,” he said.

“Obviously the fans as well, all the players, I have made some good friends here and the coaching staff, especially Laurent Frayssinous who recruited me to the club. I wish all the best to the boys for the rest of the year and for the future of the club.”

Steve McNamara added: “It’s always sad when a player has to retire early due to injury, Luke has tried everything possible to get himself into a position to play again but unfortunately that can’t happen. His commitment and contribution to the Dragons is something we as a club really appreciate.”

Club CEO Christophe Jouffret said: “Walshy has been a great player for our club who always produced brilliant and consistent performances. His capacity to organize, his kicking game and his professionalism both on and off the field were second to none.”