Ospreys centre Ben John has announced his retirement from professional rugby after suffering a series of head injuries in 2017.
John has made 70 appearances for the Ospreys, scoring 15 tries but he has now decided to call time on his career with his long-term health taking precedence.
John hasn’t played a professional game of rugby since a clash with the Scarlets on December 26th 2017. He left the action early on due to an aerial collision and that was the third such incident to effect John that year.
He took an extended break of 12 months from the game but says that the “best decision” for him now is to retire.
“It’s taken so long for me to recover, after thinking about it long and hard, the best decision for me, the only one really, was to retire,” John said in a statement.
“Rugby has been my life but I realise that my long term health is more important so, in the end, my decision was an easy one, particularly having spent time outside of the game and recognising there is life away from the rugby pitch.
“It hasn’t been easy for me over the last couple of years but I’m extremely grateful to everybody at the Ospreys, players, staff and fans, for the support I’ve had. They’ve been absolutely brilliant.
“I’m not going to be a stranger. The Ospreys are my team and this is my Region. I’ve already been back to watch the boys and I intend keeping in touch, supporting the Ospreys from the stand.”
The 27-year-old has now established himself as a personal trainer in London and we wish him all the best for the future.