Former Scotland under-20 cap Matt Smith is to call time on his professional rugby career, he announced today (Wednesday).
Smith’s contract at Glasgow Warriors has not been renewed and, after a brief spell on loan at Edinburgh, the openside confirmed he plans to step away from the game.
“This has to be one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life,” the 23-year-old, said on social media.
“Today I announce that I have decided to walk away from the sport that I truly love and which has given me so much joy.
“However, given the current pandemic, I have had time to really reflect and come to realise that rugby is no longer enjoyable for me and that it had become a chore to get up for training.
“I have met some of the most amazing people on my journey and come out of it with wonderful, life long friends.
“I thank all of the people who have supported me throughout my career, I would never have been able to do it without them.
“Thank you for giving me an amazing 6 years Glasgow Warriors.”
The former Stirling County and Glasgow Hawks back-row played 25 times for the Warriors, his final appearance coming in last season’s victory over the Ospreys at Scotstoun.
He scored both of his two tries for the club against Zebre in April 2017, having made his debut for the club earlier that year.
And such was his form in the 2018/19 season, he was called into the Scotland squad for the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, with the back-rower having previously represented Scotland at U20 level.
Image caption: Matt Smith plans to walk away from professional rugby. Image credit: Fotosport/David Gibsonz