Rovers forward Snitch hangs up boots

Featherstone's players form a guard of  honour to applaud  teammate Steve Snitch after Sunday's game against Hull KR. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Featherstone's players form a guard of honour to applaud teammate Steve Snitch after Sunday's game against Hull KR. Picture: Bob Nunn.

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Featherstone Rovers forward Steve Snitch has decided to retire from playing at the end of this season.

Knee trouble has restricted the 33-year-old former Castleford, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Doncaster player to 11 appearances for Featherstone this year. He joined them on loan from Doncaster towards the end of last season before signing on a permanent basis.

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “Steve has a chronic knee injury that’s been a constant battle for him all year.

“He’s had surgery on it and injections in it and it’s just at the stage now where enough is enough for him.

“I signed him from Wakefield when I was at Huddersfield and then brought him to Featherstone last year.

“His attitude and his skill was there for all to see against Hull KR last Sunday. He was really different to what they are used to in Super League with his good footwork and late movement at the line and I thought he caused them untold problems.”

Snitch was applauded by his teammates at the end of Sunday’s match.

“It is a show of the respect we have for him and how we are with each other as a group,” added Sharp.

“It’s a reflection of how this year has been for us. It’s been an outstanding year for us to achieve what we’ve done. We have reached the goals we set last November and we can’t ask any more from them.”