Wigan Warriors have confirmed that winger Dom Manfredi will retire at the end of the 2021 season.
The 27-year-old winger suffered a knee injury in training last week – an injury to his left knee that has given him multiple issues in the past.
Manfredi has been at Wigan since he was 14 – progressing through the Club’s Academy system, making his first team debut in 2013 and playing 82 games and scoring 57 tries overall.
He has also won two Super League Grand Finals and was part of the 2016 Dream Team.He also played an important role in helping Wigan win their first League Leaders’ Shield in eight years in 2020.
On his decision to retire at the end of the year, he said: “As everyone knows, I’ve had a lot of trouble with my knees, especially my left one since I was young. The number of injuries I’ve had to it has finally taken its toll.
“I’m in pain constantly and it’s effecting my quality of life. Over the last nine months, the pain has been increasing and I’ve had more symptoms, but I’ve been trying to battle through it. It’s come to a point where I’m struggling to get through a week in training.
“I’ve been expecting the news for a while because of the amount of pain I was in. I knew it wasn’t normal, but I just tried to hide it. It’s got to a point where I can’t hide it anymore which is why I went to see the surgeon. Nothing else can be done.
I’m going to try and manage it as well as I can this year by having injections and getting the best physio treatment and rehab available.”
Executive director Kris Radlinski added: “We are all so proud of the journey that Dom has been on. He has overcome injury after injury but in the process, he has amassed a lifetime of memories.
“He is rated very highly by the players and teams he has played against, but it is those in the inner circle who have the most respect for Dom.
“Over the coming weeks we will work hard on planning the support that Dom needs for the life after rugby. He will be missed by everyone at the Club but will always be welcomed back as a champion.”