Gavin Cattle: Cornish Pirates scrum-half unlikely to play again

Gavin Cattle
Gavin Cattle's last appearance for the Cornish Pirates was a replacement against Cross Keys in last year's British and Irish Cup

Gavin Cattle says he is unlikely to play for the Cornish Pirates again.

The 35-year-old is beginning his second season as a player-coach at the Mennaye and last featured as a replacement in the British and Irish Cup last year.

"The only time I will play, and I'll openly say this, is if the club's in need," former Scarlets scrum-half Cattle told BBC Sport.

"But my priority is to help the young talent come through and play for us. Me playing is not a long-term fix."

The Pirates signed Alex Day and Rob Coote this summer, and also have England Under-20 scrum-half Stuart Townsend available on dual-registration from Exeter.

Cattle and fellow Pirates veteran Alan Paver joined the club's coaching staff last year
Cattle and fellow Pirates veteran Alan Paver joined the club's coaching staff last year

Despite that, Cattle says he has not formally retired from playing just yet.

"I stay relatively fit and I join in with the extras with the scrum-halves," added Cattle, who has played 187 games in two spells at the Mennaye.

"On a personal level I'd still love to be playing, but the club's at the forefront of my mind."

He continued: "You look back on your playing days with fond memories, but I've been very fortunate to have been put into this position - coaching at a Championship club and one that I'm very fond of as well.

"It's been a tough one, but one I've really enjoyed and this year I'm relishing it because it was a steep learning curve last year and I'm a lot better prepared."

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