Declan Danaher: London Irish legend reveals retirement reasons

London Irish legend Declan Danaher says a tricep injury forced him to call time on his 15-year playing career.

Forward Danaher, 34, retired on 20 March after making 275 appearances for the Exiles, falling short of Justin Bishops' club record of 280.

"Six weeks ago I tore my tricep off the bone and that is a four-month rehab," Danaher told BBC South Today.

"So my time and effort will be better spent with the academy and preparing the young guys for next year."

The period between 2006 and 2010, when we made a Premiership final and went to the semi-final of the Heineken Cup, was the high

Declan Danaher

He added: "It's a little frustrating as I would have liked to have played one last game but it was nice to end the way it did."

Danaher made his Exiles debut in May 2000, and went on to represent Ireland at Under-19 level and England at Under-21 level before being appointed club captain in 2012.

He will remain with the club as forward's coach for the academy, and when looking back at his injury-blighted career, the Londoner says he had more highs than lows.

"I turned up when I was 17 and it just fitted well, I just felt this was home and didn't want to be anywhere else," he said.

"Don't get me wrong there have been times of frustration and periods where I have thought of leaving but I suppose that has been negated by a change in coaching staff and new players coming in and maybe there was a vision that I could work towards.

"It's a great club where I have had great highs and lows and has made me a better person."

Danaher, who was part of the Exiles' 2002 side that won the Anglo-Welsh Cup, added: "Winning the Powergen Cup was amazing but I guess the period between 2006 and 2010, when we made a Premiership final and went to the semi-final of the Heineken Cup, was the high.

"The team spirit in that squad, when no-one gave us a chance, we went on a hell of a ride and were incredibly close to winning something again. I will remember that four years most fondly."