Half back forced to retire through injury, replacement brought in

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After missing most of this season so far through injury, Catalans’ Australian half back Luke Walsh has been forced to retire with immediate effect after failing to recover from the setback.

The former St Helens scrum half suffered ankle ligament damage in the Dragons’ third match of the season against Hull KR and has now followed the advice of medical professionals to retire at the age of 30. Having also played for Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers in the NRL before coming to the UK to join the Saints in 2014, Walsh boasts an impressive CV in the sport but missed the Super League Grand Final in his first campaign with the club through injury.

Speaking of his retirement, Catalans’ coach Steve McNamara said “Luke has tried everything possible to get himself into a position to play again but unfortunately that can’t happen” and commended his attitude to the club. The Dragons have moved quickly to fill the void and have confirmed the signing of former Leigh Centurion Josh Drinkwater on a deal to the end of the season, the 25 year old joining from the Western Suburb Magpies.

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