Saints ace forced to retire

Shaun Magennis is tackled during Saints demolition of Leeds last season
Shaun Magennis is tackled during Saints demolition of Leeds last season
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SHAUN Mageniss is set to quit top-level rugby league aged 23 after failing to recover from a succession of injuries.

The club is expected to officially announce his retirement from the game later this week, bringing a premature end to the former Blackbrook player’s career.

But sources close to the player confirmed to the Reporter Mageniss had accepted defeat in his battle with injury.

Mageniss made his Saints debut from the bench against Hull FC in a Super League clash at the KC Stadium on June 4, 2010 - a match which the Humbersiders won 27-26.

He made a total of 10 starting apearances and was named as a substitute 23 times, scoring four tries in the process.

Contracted until the end of he 2013 season, he was due to spend Super League XVIII on loan at neighbours Widnes Vikings.

When he signed a new deal at Saints in September 2011, Royce Simmons, who was head coach at the time, said: “What has impressed me most about Shaun is the dedication he has shown. He has been immensely professional in the amount of hours he has put in, not only to overcome injury but also making him a better player.”

Mageniss was at the centre of a huge brawl during the Saints-Wigan derby last season after which he was accused of flattening a Wigan player.