Newcastle Falcons prop forward Jonny Golding to retire

Jonny Golding

Newcastle Falcons prop Jonny Golding has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current season.

Capped by England at U19 and Saxons Level, the 30-year-old has made 133 appearances in seven years on Tyneside.

Speaking to Falcons TV, Golding said: "I have had a good career which has spanned 13 years and I have enjoyed every minute of my time in the game."

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards described Golding as a very talented prop who would be missed.

A product of the Leicester Tigers Academy, the Morpeth-born Golding began his professional career with Northampton Saints before making the switch to Rotherham Titans.

In 2006 he earned himself a move to his native north-east, where he became a regular starter alongside New Zealand international Carl Hayman.

An impressive 2009-10 campaign culminated in a call-up to Martin Johnson's England squad that toured Australia.

Golding explained: "It is a decision that I have not taken lightly, and it is one that I have taken my time over, talking to my wife and family.

"I am looking to go into business and it will be a good challenge for me. My family have been very supportive of what I am doing, but I am going to massively miss what I have been doing here at Kingston Park.

"My best moment was signing for Newcastle Falcons. I love the area and all of my memories here are great despite having some bad times along the way. Things are now looking up at the club, and there are exciting times ahead.

"My focus is to now put all of my energy into helping the Falcons get promoted back to the Premiership where a club of this magnitude belongs."