Connacht winger Alex Wootton has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season.
Wootton is just 28 years old.
He has spent three years at Connacht having joined on a one year deal from Munster in 2020, before signing a two year contract.
In his 40 games for the province he has scored 18 tries.
In a statement on Connacht Rugby’s official website ,Wootton said:
"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."