Rugby update, injury forces Chris Martenko to announce early retirement

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Rugby update: Injury forces Chris Martenko to announce early retirement

Chris Martenko announced his early retirement from rugby last night. Pontypridd’s lock, who was fighting with a back problem for a long time, failed to recover from his injury which ended his rugby career.

The Tonyrefail born player was talking to the media last night and confirmed the news of his retirement.he said that although it is a tough decision to take but now, it is not possible for him to carry his rugby career with a back problem. Although a few months back he had undergone a surgery but even then he was facing difficulty while playing.He stated,

“After a lot of soul searching I decided it would be best for my family and the club if I called it a day. After the operation on my back I realized I would not be a able to sustain the level of rugby that Ponty would need from me and be able to be a good father to my daughter Lilly.”

Furthermore, he expressed that his time at the club was the best time of his career and he has loved every moment he spent there. Martenko thanked all the members of the club, who always supported him and wished them all the best for the future. Martenko started rugby from his school level and started his club rugby career in 2002, when he joined Gilfach Goch. In 2003 he joined Pontypridd and made his debut against Ebbw Vale.  He also got the honor to play for Warriors regional under-21 team. His most remarkable achievement came in the year of 2004, when he was selected in the Welsh under-21 team, for the Grand Slam Six Nations tournament. He played 122 matches for his club, in his seven year long relationship with them. He also scored 12 tries for his team during his career. He played his last match on 5th November against Llanelli, in the home ground.

On the other hand, a spokesman from his club also paid him tribute for his services and thanked him on behalf of all the members of the club. He said,  

“He was always willing to put his body on the line for the club, and all at Sardis Road wish him and his family all the best for the future and club will miss his services.”