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Saracens legend Chris Wyles says this season will be his last in rugby

By Adam Ellis

Chris Wyles will bid farewell to Saracens at the end of the season and retire from rugby.

The American made the switch to the club in 2008 and has wracked up 243 appearances playing in multiple positions across the backline for Mark McCall.

Despite Saracens wanting to extend the 34-year-old’s contract, Wyles revealed his decision rested with a desire to pursue business interests with former team-mate Alistair Hargreaves.

“It’s been an incredibly tough decision to make,” reflected Wyles. “There was an opportunity to continue my time at Saracens but it feels like now is the perfect time to step away from rugby and turn my attention full time to Wolfpack Lager.

“I’d like to thank Saracens for the huge amount of support they have given me and my family throughout the years. If it weren’t for the backing of the club, Wolfpack Lager would not be in the position it is today. While it’s going to be hard moving on from rugby the support Saracens have given me means the transition will hopefully be a smooth one.

“Saracens is a special and unique club that I will undoubtedly miss”, Wyles added. “An occasion like our trip to Verbier sums it all up. Time spent together skiing, enjoying the mountains and getting to really know each other led to memories that will last a lifetime. Having the opportunity to then play with such great guys and talented players week in week out has been a privilege.

“My time at Saracens would not have been the same without the fantastic support of the Sarries fans. I’m eternally grateful to them for everything they have given me over my time here and the club wouldn’t be where we are without them. I’d also like to thank those who brought me to Saracens, my teammates and the coaching staff – particularly Mark McCall and Nigel Wray.”

Granted a testimonial match in this his 10th season with Saracens, director of rugby Mark McCall complimented Wyles’ attitude in helping forge success for the team.

“Chris has been an integral part of the squad for many years here at Saracens. He is a true club legend and has made a magnificent contribution to the club over his years of service,” McCall commented.

“His influence, on and off the field, has been outstanding and we look forward to his continued contribution to the squad for the rest of the season ahead of his retirement.”

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