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Catalans Dragons half back Luke Walsh has been forced to retire at the age of 30 due to a significant ankle injury.

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The Australian picked up the injury against Hull Kingston Rovers back in February and, after consulting multiple medical professionals, has decided that he is unable to continue his career with the Dragons.

Walsh arrived in Perpignan ahead of the 2017 campaign and made 29 appearance for the club, scoring 204 points.

The 30-year old had also played for St Helens between 2014-16, as well as having stints in the NRL earlier in his career with the Newcastle Knights and the Penrith Panthers.

Walsh said: “I would like to thank the club for the support since I arrived, obviously the fans as well, all the players, I have made some good friends here and the coaching staff, especially Laurent Frayssinous who recruited me to the club.

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“I wish all the best to the boys for the rest of the year and for the future of the club.”

Dragons head coach Steve Mcnamara added: “It’s always sad when a player has to retire early due to injury, Luke has tried everything possible to get himself into a position to play again but unfortunately that can’t happen.

“His commitment and contribution to the Dragons is something we as a club really appreciate.”

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