Hooker Sherry de­cides to hang up his boots

Gloucestershire Echo - - RUGBY UNION -

FOR­MER Glouces­ter loan hooker Mike Sherry has an­nounced his retirement.

The 31-year-old hooker spent the end of last sea­son with the Cherry and Whites with his fi­nal ap­pear­ance com­ing as a re­place­ment in the Premier­ship semi-fi­nal de­feat to Sara­cens at Al­lianz Park.

Sherry spent his en­tire ca­reer at Mun­ster but was not of­fered a new deal and de­cided to call it a day af­ter suf­fer­ing a num­ber of se­ri­ous in­juries.

Sherry said: “It has been an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney, but it is now time to move onto the next chap­ter of my life.

“The prospect of pick­ing up another con­tract was some­thing I was pur­su­ing but the longer it went on, the more I re­alised me body was telling me to stop.

“The main­te­nance in­volved in just be­ing able to train let alone play has taken its toll on my body these last cou­ple of years. I would love to con­tinue play­ing but I simply can’t any­more.

“I feel I’m phys­i­cally in­ca­pable of get­ting back to my best and I want to be healthy for my young chil­dren.”

Sherry said it had been a “life­long ob­ses­sion” to play for Mun­ster and that he was “proud and grate­ful” to do so hav­ing made 108 ap­pear­ances for the Ir­ish gi­ants, scor­ing 12 tries.

He also won one cap for Ire­land against USA in 2013 and went to the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand as in­jury cover to Rory Best, while he rep­re­sented the Wolfhounds and his coun­try at Un­der-19 and Schools level.

Sherry joined Glouces­ter on a deal un­til the end of the sea­son in March and all five of his ap­pear­ances came as a re­place­ment.

For­mer Glouces­ter lock Tom Den­ton has also an­nounced his retirement.

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