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'First player to win every English and European trophy' to retire

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

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Harlequins stalwart Joe Gray will retire at the end of the season, calling to an end a twelve-year playing career in which the hooker amassed over 170 appearances for the club to date. Described as the first player to win every domestic and European trophy, Gray has played integral roles in three Gallagher Premiership titles, one Heineken Champions Cup, one Challenge Cup, one Greene King IPA Championship, two LV Cups and one British and Irish Cup during his time with Harlequins and Saracens.

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Gray debuted for Harlequins in the Challenge Cup in a 55-17 victory over the Italian side, Cavalieri Prato, in 2010 and alongside his highly decorated career, he has co-founded MyoMaster, a specialist sports recovery company that has become Harlequins’ official recovery partner – a first-of-its-kind deal within the Gallagher Premiership.

Gray said: “Harlequins is where I have spent eleven years of my career and the club I call home, it feels fitting that I will hang up my boots here. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play this sport professionally for 16 years at a number of top clubs competing for and winning silverware.

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“I’ve lifted every domestic trophy, the Challenge and Champions Cups and represented my country, moments that will live with me forever. I couldn’t have done any of it without the incredible support I’ve received from my family, my friends, teammates and the support staff. In particular my wife Lottie, who has been my rock over the years.

“I’d be remiss not to mention the incredible supporters, who have been so instrumental. Playing in front of empty stadiums during the pandemic was a firm reminder to all of us just how important you all are to what we do. Thank you. I’m immensely proud to be a part of this Harlequins team as we defend our Premiership title this year.”

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Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson added: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Joe this season. He’s a real club legend. To win every English trophy available and both the European Challenge and Champions Cups in a ten-plus year career is a unique achievement, but to found such a successful business alongside that is truly a remarkable accomplishment. He is also a great guy who is incredibly popular across the club and our supporters – he will be a Quin for life.”

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