Cueto ready to retire

Date published: October 9 2014

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Sale Sharks and former England winger Mark Cueto is planning to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014/2015 season.

Sale Sharks and former England winger Mark Cueto is planning to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014/2015 season.

Cueto has enjoyed an illustrious career for club and country, making his first appearance for the Sharks in 2001.

In national colours he won 55 caps for England, the last of which came in the 2011 Rugby World Cup exit to France, scoring 20 tries.

While his retirement is not set in stone, Cueto feels the time will be right when he turns 35 later this season.

“I’m not really looking at rugby beyond this season,” Cueto told the Manchester Evening News.

“Obviously, if you rewind 12 months ago I thought then it was my last season but after getting off to such a good start it was hard not to look at another year.

“But, realistically, I think this will be my last season – particularly at the moment with the way I’m feeling.

“Of course, you never say never but, realistically, I’m also getting busy away from the club putting things in place for post-rugby and I’m excited about them.

“That said, come January or February if I’ve had a good run of games then staying another year is maybe something we talk about.

“But I’m 35 at Christmas and maybe it’s about time I hung my boots up.

“We’ve got plenty of young kids here that are showing a lot of potential and, hopefully, they could slot in.

“I wouldn’t have signed a new deal last year if I didn’t think I could play the way I wanted to play. I still think I’ve got a good season in me even if it’s been a stop-start first month for me.

“The funny thing is, prior to the Bath game I felt as good as I’ve felt in a long while so, fingers crossed, I can stay injury-free. Because regardless of whether you’re 20 or 35, the key to good form is staying fit and playing week in, week out.”

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