DARREN TURNER has announced his retirement from rugby league.
The 29-year-old hooker was forced to quit the Giants two months ago after being told he would need a third reconstruction of a troublesome right knee.
He was hoping to resume his career with another club once he had completed his six-month rehabilitation programme.
But following surgery, the Wembley Challenge Cup final winner with Sheffield was told by his specialist that the sensible option would be to call it a day.
"I was told in no uncertain terms that to carry on would leave me suffering from severe arthritis later in life," revealed the former Underbank junior and captain of the Huddersfield Schools side that played in the Challenge Cup final curtain-raiser in 1985.
"To be told your playing career is over is something you never want to hear, but in the end I was left with no choice.
"But I can take heart from the fact I've had a really good life in the game, and played a part in helping the Giants establish themselves in Super League."
Turner is, of course, one of many Giants players to have suffered injury during the Super League IX campaign.
Sidelined against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday were Stanley Gene (foot), Eorl Crabtree (shin) and Paul Reilly (ankle).
All three are on the treatment table and remain doubts for Sunday's home game against Castleford (3.00), although there appears a clean bill of health from the weekend defeat to Leeds.