Rocket RetiresWolves Club Captain Matthew 'Rocket' Rodwell has retired from Rugby League due to a persistent groin injury that has hampered his debut season in Tetley's Super League VII.Half Back, Rodwell, aged 30, was signed from Penrith Panthers on a two year deal in August 2001.Rodwell, who is to undergo a groin operation, which will result in him being out of the game between eight to ten weeks, came to a mutual agreement with the club regarding his retirement.Head Coach, David Plange commented, "It is a massive blow for the team to lose Matt. His experience and organisational ability will be missed by the team."Plange added "It was Matt's decision to retire and at present it leaves us with only 20 senior players fit. It is now a priority to recruit a proven Super League half back to fill the void left by Matt's retirement. Indeed, discussions are ongoing with a number of players."Rocket made his debut at first grade level in Australia for Newcastle Knights in 1992 and amassed a total of 179 appearances, 36 tries and four field goals in the Australian First grade. In addition to the Knights, Matt played for Penrith Panthers, Perth Western Reds and Illawara Steelers.Rocket played 12 games for the Wolves scoring 3 tries.All at Warrington Wolves wish to thank Matt, his wife Becky and their two daughters for their contribution during their stay with the club.
22, May, 2002