Sheffield without Szostak in 2014
Sheffield Eagles will be without second rower Alex Szostak for the 2014 season to allow him to focus on work commitments.
Currently a genetic technologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Alex will use the break to develop business interests in Lancashire and progress his career within the NHS.
Szostak, joined the Eagles back in 2008 and has scored 28 tries in 148 appearances and played in all three Championship Grand Finals.
He also played at international level for Scotland including the recent Rugby League World Cup.
Speaking on his departure, Szostak said, “I have had a fantastic time over the last 5 years playing for Sheffield Eagles and Scotland and I’ve decided the time is now right to take a break from rugby league and focus on other commitments.”
“Winning back to back championship with the Eagles and representing Scotland against New Zealand in the Quarter Finals of the World Cup was a great way to end 2013 and finish on a incredible high.
“I recently underwent surgery to correct a SLAP tear in my right shoulder, and additional muscle damage the surgeon found during the procedure.
“With the added muscle damage to my shoulder, the surgeon has advised at least 4 months recuperation which would leave me on the sidelines for a significant part of the season.
“Once fully recovered and with my career prospects away from rugby settled, I hope to make myself available again in 2015.
“I would like to thank my team mates, the staff, the board and the fans, including my sponsor Jack Smith for making me so welcome.”
Eagles Head Coach Mark Aston added, “It’s disappointing to lose a player of Alex’s calibre but we sat down and discussed this and I fully support his decision.
“He’s been a professional both on and off the field and we’ll certainly miss him in 2014 but again it gives some of our younger the players the chance to develop.”