Raynor hangs up his boots

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FEATHERSTONE’S ex-Great Britain international winger Gareth Raynor has announced his retirement at the age of 34.

The former Hull, Crusaders and Bradford player, who scored three tries in four first-team appearances after joining Rovers at the start of this season, confirmed on Thursday that he has left the Championship club by mutual consent and hung up his boots.

Raynor (pictured) admitted he struggled to come to terms with part-time rugby after a decade in Super League.

“I’ve been used to playing at a higher level all my career,” he said. “I’m glad I went back, though, to Fev and played a few games.”

Raynor won a Challenge Cup winner’s medal with Hull in 2005 and scored Great Britain’s match-winning try against Australia in Sydney the following year but he spent time out of the game in 2010 when he was jailed for his part in an ink cartridge and computer games scam.

Featherstone coach Daryl Powell said: “It’s obviously disappointing that Gareth has decided to retire but it’s best for both parties if he’s not able to fully motivate himself for playing Championship rugby.

“He did a good job for us in the short time he was with us and I wish him all the best in the future, whatever he decides to do.”