David Denton has announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The Scotland and Leicester Tigers back-rower has not played since suffering a head injury against Northampton Saints at Twickenham in October 2018.
After a long spell on the sidelines, and extensive consultation with medical experts and the medical staff at his club, the 29-year-old has been advised to retire.
“It is massively disappointing to now know I won’t be able to continue to play a game I love,” Denton said on Monday morning.
“I was very keen to make an impact after settling in so quickly at Leicester last season. But long-term health has to come first.
“I’ve spoken to some of the leading experts in this kind of injury and in the end I have had to put myself, my family and my health first.”
Denton, who was born in Zimbabwe, also thanked all those who helped him in his career. He represented Edinburgh, Bath, Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers during his career, and played 42 times for Scotland.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me along the way, from when I first picked up a rugby ball back home in Zimbabwe, through my professional clubs at Edinburgh, Bath and Worcester, the Scotland international set-up and everyone at Tigers.”
Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said:
“It is incredibly bad news for the club and, obviously, for David that he is unable to continue playing. He was seen as a key part of the squad here and we were looking forward to seeing him continue to develop in the future.
“We are all involved in rugby because we love playing the game, but sometimes that has to take second place to other priorities and Dents has been advised to retire for the good of his own future and that of his family. He will always be welcome here and, on behalf of everyone at the club, we thank him for his service, and we wish him and his family well for the future.”
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