Northampton Saints second row James Craig has confirmed he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the 2018/19 season to pursue a career in coaching.
The towering lock, 30, has made 73 appearances to date in the Black, Green and Gold jersey since arriving at Franklin’s Gardens from Leeds Carnegie in 2011.
Craig has been assisting with the training of Northampton’s Academy sides over the past four seasons, and will now look to move into coaching on a full-time basis.
After eight years a Saint, @jimcraig5 will call time on his playing career this summer— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) May 2, 2019
All the very best for the future in the coaching world, Trammer #1906 👏🏼
“After eight years of professional rugby I have made the decision to call time on my career, but I am extremely proud to have contributed so much at Franklin’s Gardens,” he said.
“I have been battling injuries for some time now, but I am so grateful to my teammates and all the medical and backroom staff at the Club for everything they have done for me during my time here.
“Thanks also must go to my friends and family, as well as Northampton’s loyal supporters, for all their encouragement during my career.
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“I am continuing to try and help the squad as much as possible until my contract is complete, but I am excited to see what the future holds.
“The opportunity to coach the Club’s Academy over the last couple of seasons has been invaluable experience for me, so my thanks must go to Simon Sinclair and Mark Hopley for their support with that. I hope to take my next steps into a full-time coaching career in the coming months.”