Former Leigh centre Nanyn announces retirement

Mick Nanyn celebrates winning the Northern Rail Cup with Leigh in 2011
Mick Nanyn celebrates winning the Northern Rail Cup with Leigh in 2011

Goalkicking centre Mick Nanyn, the sixth highest scorer in the history of rugby league, has announced his retirement.

Nanyn, who turns 33 next week, amassed a total of 3,700 points in a 16-year career that began and finished at Swinton and also took in spells with Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham and Leigh.

Nanyn represented Scotland at the 2008 World Cup in Australia and won the Northern Rail Cup with Leigh in 2011.

“It was an extremely difficult decision for me to make and one that I thought long and hard about,” Nanyn said.

“But, once I realised that my body couldn’t do what my head wanted it to, I knew it was the right time for me to end my playing career.”

Swinton head coach John Duffy said: “We are gutted to be losing Mick’s services but he has expressed his views for retiring on personal grounds which we totally respect.

“We have decided to offer Mick a role on our staff due to his qualities as a person and his outstanding knowledge of the game and we hope he accepts.”