Nottingham Rugby centre George Trimmer has been forced to retire from the game, due to a knee injury.
The 20 year-old, who is in his second year of a Nottingham Trent University Real Estate degree, broke the news, that a long-standing, deteriorating knee problem had left him with no option but to quit rugby, to his coaches and teammates earlier this week.
Trimmer began playing as a junior at Stourbridge RFC and Old Swinford Hospital School, also spending six years in the Worcester Warriors academy programme. He then moved to Nottingham at the start of the 2015/16 season, combining his Real Estate studies at NTU with being a prominent member of the Green and Whites’ first team squad.
Having picked up an Achilles injury right at the end of pre-season, Trimmer can consider himself very unlucky not to have made a competitive first team appearance for the club. However, he did feature in pre-season encounter against Newcastle Falcons back in August.
Speaking about the difficulties of being forced to stop playing the sport he loves, Trimmer was also equally upbeat about what his future holds, saying:
“It’s been really tough. I’ve gone from playing rugby all day, every day, to not playing at all, so that’s probably going to be the hardest part about it.”
“I’m continuing my studies at NTU. I’m hoping to get into a different sport, I’m looking at rowing actually, and I’m also hoping to stay around the club and help out on match days and just stay with the boys really.
“I’d like to thank the NTU scholarship team, the club, my family and friends for their continued support now and throughout my career. I’m really grateful for the opportunity my rugby career has provided me with and the friends it has made me.”
Trimmer has already made his first steps into the world of rowing, having enrolled, and already making good progress, on Team GB’s ‘Discover Your Gold’ programme, which aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions.
One person who will miss Trimmer on two different fronts is Assistant Rugby Coach at NTU and Nottingham Rugby Assistant First Team Coach Alex O’Dowd, who added:
“It’s unfortunate for him, he’s a young guy. Coming from New Zealand, our programme is very much based around what you’re doing outside of rugby, and making sure that you have a career path or some kind of education underway and I think George has that, and I’m sure he’s able to continue to be successful in anything he chooses to do.
“It’s a loss for the boys. We all wished him well and he knows that he’s always welcome to be involved and be around the lads and I’m sure they’ll love to see him!”