Hooker Sherry decides to hang up his boots
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.