Connacht Rugby can affirm Stephen Fitzgerald will finish his taking part in profession when his contract expires on the finish of the season.
Fitzgerald suffered a critical knee damage when he lined out towards Leinster on the RDS Enviornment in January 2020. Regardless of three operations, Fitzgerald has been suggested to retire on medical grounds.
The again three participant first joined Connacht from Munster in December 2018, initially arriving on a three-month mortgage deal earlier than signing a two-year contract in the summertime of 2019. In complete he made 18 appearances for the province, scoring two tries.
Fitzgerald has launched the next assertion:
“I’m devastated and heartbroken to be ending my profession on the finish of the season. The final two years have been extraordinarily powerful with three operations on my knee and sadly it is a battle that I’m going to lose.
The one factor I’m massively pleased with and offers me peace of thoughts transferring ahead is understanding I’ve labored the toughest I ever have in my life attempting to get again. I’ve been fortunate to have the wonderful medical workers in Connacht taking care of me, who all went above and past something I ever anticipated. They at all times had my finest pursuits at coronary heart and I’ll at all times be glad about their efforts.
Rising up I dreamed of taking part in rugby on the highest degree. I’ve been fortunate to expertise this with each Munster and Connacht. I’m extraordinarily grateful to all my coaches and teammates for the wonderful recollections from my faculty days with Ard Scoil, with my membership Shannon, to representing my nation underage and at last to taking part in for each Munster and Connacht. The joys I acquired from taking part in in entrance of household, buddies and followers in a packed Thomond Park or The Sportsground is like nothing I’ve skilled earlier than. I need to thank all of the followers who’ve supported me and welcomed me with open arms alongside the best way. Being lucky sufficient to play for you and have your help is one thing that may at all times make me proud.
Lastly, I simply need to thank everybody who has helped me get to the place I’m as we speak. I’m extraordinarily fortunate to have wonderful family and friends who’ve supported me. My household and girlfriend have been there for me greater than they are going to ever realise and I simply hope I’ve made them pleased with what I’ve accomplished.
I sit up for being a fan and having fun with getting again within the stands with ye all quickly.”