A Dinnington Rugby Club stalwart has been forced to hang up his boots, after suffering a serious facial injury in Saturday’s game at Percy Park.
Danny Pilkington took a blow to the face that fractured three bones and he will now need surgery, bringing an end to a long playing career at Lodge Lane.
It’s a particularly cruel fate given the club’s recent success and current form at the highest level they’ve ever played at.
A bitterly disappointed Pilkington said: “On Saturday I was kneed in the cheek, and it requires an operation to insert a metal plate.”
“I’m gutted this has happened because the team are doing so well and I’m really enjoying playing a part in that.”
“Unfortunately because of this injury I have decided to hang my boots up.”
“I have played over 200 games for the club and have enjoyed nearly every minute of it.”
“Thanks to everyone at the Club for their support along the way and good luck to the 1st team this season and in the future.”
The club put on record their gratitude for the roles Pilkington has played at Lodge Lane.
A statement said: “As a club we would like to thank Danny for all his work as a player coach and fitness coach.”
“Have a speedy recovery and hope to see you supporting from the touchline very soon.”