Kirk Dixon: Castleford Tigers man forced to retire with neck injury

Kirk Dixon
Kirk Dixon helped Castleford Tigers reach the Challenge Cup final in 2014

Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon has retired because of a neck injury.

The 30-year-old scored 12 tries in 19 games in 2014 and passed the 1000-point mark for the club.

Dixon, who had a brief spell in rugby union with Northampton Saints, started his career with Hull FC before moving on to Castleford in October 2006.

Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: "When a player has to quit the sport he loves through injury it is always going to be a sad day."

Dixon added: "I've had surgery to remove a disk and I've had an artificial disk put in there, and it was going to be at least a six months no contact rehab period.

"That would have taken up most of this season and prior to the surgery, I already had an idea that I might retire at the end of the 2015 season. But it has come to an end now and you simply cannot put a price on your health.

"It's certainly not the way I wanted to go out."

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