Bradford Bulls hooker Matt Diskin calls time on career

Matt Diskin is hanging up his boots

Matt Diskin is hanging up his boots

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MATT Diskin has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season, bringing the curtain down on an illustrious career which has seen him achieve his boyhood dreams.

The Bulls captain progressed through the ranks at Leeds and was part of the side which clinched their first championship in 32 years after beating Bradford in the 2004 Grand Final.

Diskin won the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance and went on to earn three more Super League titles and a World Club Challenge in 2008.

The 32-year-old crossed the divide to Bradford ahead of the 2011 campaign for a spell which he says has included "plenty of ups and downs" but will hang up his boots later this month.

"I've had a career doing something I'd have done for free at the drop of a hat," said the veteran hooker.

"To have 14 years at the top level is something I'm very proud of and I've earned everything I've got through hard work, grit and determination.

"I've also been very blessed in that I've played in some fantastic teams and been able to achieve things that you can only ever dream of as a kid."

Diskin's time at Bradford has included two spells in administration and this season has seen the club relegated, with the club skipper placed in temporary charge for the visit of Hull KR in June.

"We've had plenty of ups and plenty of downs but I've enjoyed every minute of my time here," he said.

"We've been relegated and that's what we'll be remembered for, which is a shame, but how the players have handled themselves with dignity throughout this process is second to none.

"I'm very proud to have captained this club but even more proud to have captained this group of players."

Diskin has battled through the pain barrier in the past couple of seasons after an operation to remove nerves from his feet.

He has undergone cryotherapy and has needed around 80 pain-killing injections this year.

Diskin, who has business interests outside of rugby league, is keen to stay in the game and could extend his career at the Bulls in a coaching capacity.

He added: “I believe I am developing as a person and as a coach constantly.

“If I continue in coaching, which I’d like to do, then I will keep learning from the people around me.

“I want to put back in whatever capacity I can to help get the club return to where it deserves it to be."

 

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7:54am Wed 3 Sep 14

bully4us says...

I am sure he will make a decent coach but whether we need two hookers as coach is debatable. Castleford seem to have mainly half backs as coaches so I suppose it can work. I would prefer to see a "Fielden" type player to help Jimmy out and it would help with teaching the young forwards to drive it in and knock them down.
I am sure he will make a decent coach but whether we need two hookers as coach is debatable. Castleford seem to have mainly half backs as coaches so I suppose it can work. I would prefer to see a "Fielden" type player to help Jimmy out and it would help with teaching the young forwards to drive it in and knock them down. bully4us
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7:59am Wed 3 Sep 14

Bowlingboy says...

bully4us wrote:
I am sure he will make a decent coach but whether we need two hookers as coach is debatable. Castleford seem to have mainly half backs as coaches so I suppose it can work. I would prefer to see a "Fielden" type player to help Jimmy out and it would help with teaching the young forwards to drive it in and knock them down.
I agree I don't think two hookers is what we need coaching,
Either a half back or forward is a good idea.
We also need a good playing half back hint hint...ha
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: I am sure he will make a decent coach but whether we need two hookers as coach is debatable. Castleford seem to have mainly half backs as coaches so I suppose it can work. I would prefer to see a "Fielden" type player to help Jimmy out and it would help with teaching the young forwards to drive it in and knock them down.[/p][/quote]I agree I don't think two hookers is what we need coaching, Either a half back or forward is a good idea. We also need a good playing half back hint hint...ha Bowlingboy
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8:31am Wed 3 Sep 14

Paul from Idle says...

Who is Ha you are hinting at?
Who is Ha you are hinting at? Paul from Idle
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8:42am Wed 3 Sep 14

raisemeup says...

He is perhaps ideally placed to coach our younger players and as a development officer to supplement the scouting of youngsters for the future.
We have squandered too many talented people in the past, it's time to use them for our own club, whether we have two hookers on the coaching set up or two full backs is immaterial, if they are good at what they do!
He is perhaps ideally placed to coach our younger players and as a development officer to supplement the scouting of youngsters for the future. We have squandered too many talented people in the past, it's time to use them for our own club, whether we have two hookers on the coaching set up or two full backs is immaterial, if they are good at what they do! raisemeup
  • Score: 8

9:02am Wed 3 Sep 14

nosher says...

The end of a good rugby career matt. Bye.
The end of a good rugby career matt. Bye. nosher
  • Score: 3

9:10am Wed 3 Sep 14

bartsbull says...

I agree disco as given plenty to the club and it would be a just reward for his loyalty when he could just have walked away like many others that is of course if he wants to stay

But good look to him in what ever he does he is a very nice guy to talk to
and i for one wish him all the best he as struggled with injuries all this year
to his ankles
I agree disco as given plenty to the club and it would be a just reward for his loyalty when he could just have walked away like many others that is of course if he wants to stay But good look to him in what ever he does he is a very nice guy to talk to and i for one wish him all the best he as struggled with injuries all this year to his ankles bartsbull
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11:00am Wed 3 Sep 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Although I have never been a big fan of Disco, he has put in a good shift for the Club.

I do not think he is what we need coaching wise for the first team but I agree that he would be a perfect forwards coach for the junior players but the club's budget will not stretch to that.
Although I have never been a big fan of Disco, he has put in a good shift for the Club. I do not think he is what we need coaching wise for the first team but I agree that he would be a perfect forwards coach for the junior players but the club's budget will not stretch to that. fedupwiththeBS
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3:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

raisemeup says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Although I have never been a big fan of Disco, he has put in a good shift for the Club.

I do not think he is what we need coaching wise for the first team but I agree that he would be a perfect forwards coach for the junior players but the club's budget will not stretch to that.
Can we afford NOT to invest in the future? Whoever we choose to coach and nurture our youth policy, it is a must have for the future of any sports club. We have to sacrifice short term, for future well being..Ideally of course we need to deliver both, but if 12 months in the Championship has to mean something, our youth policy must be paramount!
my thoughts are that Matt Diskin would be ideal, as he would be respected
for what he is to the game, like Paul Medley was at the Bulls.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: Although I have never been a big fan of Disco, he has put in a good shift for the Club. I do not think he is what we need coaching wise for the first team but I agree that he would be a perfect forwards coach for the junior players but the club's budget will not stretch to that.[/p][/quote]Can we afford NOT to invest in the future? Whoever we choose to coach and nurture our youth policy, it is a must have for the future of any sports club. We have to sacrifice short term, for future well being..Ideally of course we need to deliver both, but if 12 months in the Championship has to mean something, our youth policy must be paramount! my thoughts are that Matt Diskin would be ideal, as he would be respected for what he is to the game, like Paul Medley was at the Bulls. raisemeup
  • Score: 3
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