14th May – Eddie Smith Announces his retirement

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Long serving fly half eddie Smith has announced his retirement from rugby following a series of injuries that have dogged him over the last couple of seasons. In a career spanning 10 years Eddie has been an integral part of a back division that was equal to any around. He made his debut at 18, played in the DK team that reached the final of the NPI cup in 1999 making the break that led to DK’s opening try. A member of the league & cup double winning side the following season that took DK into the National leagues for the first time Eddie continued to play even whilst studying at Sheffield University. A tough tackling Nr 10 saw Eddie make more than his fair share of big hits over time, and it was those that eventually made him make his decision after having to retire from the play off final game against Beverley at the end of April. That injury may still yet require further medical treatment as the recovery is taking longer than originally expected. Eddie will be missed as a player, but will not be lost from the club as head coach Mark Wilson has already asked him to join his coaching team.