Alex Wootton has confirmed his retirement from Professional rugby at the end of the season.
'Woots' has spent three years at Connacht Rugby, joining initially on a one-year long deal from Munster in 2020 before signing a two-year contract. He has played 40 times for the province in that period, scoring 18 tries.
You can read his statement in full below. Everyone at Connacht Rugby thanks Alex for his contribution to the club during his time here and we wish him and his family every happiness in the future.
"After 11 incredible years playing professionally for Northampton Saints, Munster, Connacht and representing Ireland 7s. I have decided to retire from professional rugby on my own terms at the end of the 2022/23 season.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that rugby has afforded me and I would like to express my gratitude to my teammates, coaches,support staff and fans over the years who have been with me every step of the way. Playing alongside such talented and dedicated individuals has been an absolute privilege.
I would also like to give a special mention to my wife and my family, who have been a constant source of love, support and encouragement throughout my rugby career. Their unwavering presence and understanding have been instrumental in my success.
Retiring from rugby is the right decision for me and my loved ones. I am excited about the opportunities that await me in the next chapter of my life and I look forward to embracing new challenges with the same passion and dedication that I brought to the rugby field.
I want to extend my appreciation to everyone who has been a part of my journey. It has been an incredible ride, one that I will always cherish and hold dear to my heart."