Kelly Brown lascia il rugby a fine stagione

KellyBrownKelly Brown, flanker dei Saracens ed ex capitano della Scozia, ha annunciato il suo addio al rugby al termine della stagione in corso.

Il 34enne, nato ad Edimburgo ma cresciuto nei Borders, entrerà a far parte dello staff tecnico dei Saracens come academy coach, come prima di lui hanno fatto Paul Gustard, Alex Sanderson, Kevin Sorrell, Kevin Barrett, Andy Edwards, Don Barrell e Charlie Hodgson, tutti rimasti all’interno del club dell’Allianz Park dopo il ritiro.

Kelly vanta 64 caps con la Scozia, di cui 14 da capitano; ha iniziato la sua carriera ai Border Reivers prima di passare, dopo il loro scioglimento, ai Glasgow Warriors.
Nel 2010 ha firmato il suo primo contratto coi Saracens, con cui vanta finora 154 presenze vincendo 3 Aviva Premiership, una Champions Cup e una Anglo-Welsh Cup.

I always knew this day would come and it seems like only yesterday I was pulling on the black & yellow of Melrose RFC as an 18-year old student. Since then I’ve been hugely fortunate to play the game I love at the highest level for the Border Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens and Scotland,” ha detto Kelly Brown al sito ufficiale dei Sarries.

Along the way, I’ve met some great people who I can now call friends for life. I have played for four clubs who I care deeply about and to have been able to captain my country is an honour that I’ll always cherish.
I’d like to put on record my thanks to some very important people who have helped me along the way. Firstly, all my coaches, teammates and support staff from school through to Saracens for their unwavering support and inspiration. Secondly, my Mum, Dad and family who taught me so much in not only the game but the values of life.
Finally, and most importantly, my wife Emily and daughters Amber and Leena for all their love, patience and affection – I truly believe I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I have done without them.
I’m forever grateful to be ending my career at a fantastic club like Saracens. Their support for my family and me has been unstinting and I’m extremely excited to be moving into a new role within the club’s academy next season.
I’ve been lucky to have been able to live my dream for 13-years and now I’m privileged to be able to help others do the same.”

Kelly Brown, un esempio sul campo per compagni ed avversari, fuori dal campo ha combattuto e vinto la battaglia contro la balbuzie, un problema che affliggeva il flanker fin dall’infanzia.

In questo video – tratto dal canale youtube ufficiale dei Saracens – un’intervista rilasciata da Kelly Brown al compagno di squadra Jim Hamilton:

 

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