Fielden hangs up his boots
Huddersfield Giants prop Stuart Fielden has been forced to retire because of a knee infection.
The 33-year-old former Great Britain star, who joined Huddersfield on a two-year deal before the start of the season, will remain at the Giants as part of Paul Anderson's coaching team.
Fielden, who has made just nine appearances this season, told the club's website: "I said I came here to win things and that remains my aim.
"The club have been superb with me and this freak infection is just typical of the luck of I have had for a while now. We have explored every avenue possible and I have trained constantly to get back on the field but it's not going to be.
"I have to move on and work off the field to help us achieve. I am grateful of the opportunity Paul (Anderson) has given me and having got over the shock of the knee ruling me out I'm now excited about the next chapter in my career."
The £450,000 that Wigan paid Bradford for Fielden's services in 2006 remains the highest transfer fee paid for any player in the Super League era.
Anderson added: "I have had the pleasure of playing with, against and coaching Stuart and throughout his career he has been the ultimate professional.
"The news is disappointing for all concerned but it's a credit to Stuart's professionalism the way he has accepted the decision and he's now fully focused on his new coaching role.
"He is a great addition to the Giants coaching team as he is a Super League legend with such a decorated medal cabinet and his experience will be invaluable going forward."