7th February 2018, 13:36
Matty Barron announces his retirement
Wales international Matty Barron has announced his retirement from rugby league.
Barron, whose Wales heritage number is 450, earned ten caps for his country during his carrer.
His first call-ups for the Dragons came in 2008 and 2009, before he made further appearances in 2014 and 2015.
The forward suffered a broken leg during the charity match for Danny Jones against Keighley Cougars in 2015 and he was sidelined for the best part of 12 months.
However, he made his Wales comeback last autumn, when he travelled to the southern hemisphere as part of the World Cup squad and featured against Fiji.
"I’ve just come to a point where my body isn’t recovering as great as it could be, which happens when you’ve played for so long and I just think now is a good time," Barron told Newcastle Thunder's website.
“I came back [from the Word Cup] with a new love for rugby and my mind was saying yeah, I could still do it but my body was saying something else."
Everybody at Wales Rugby League would like to wish Matty all the best in his retirement.