OLDHAM’S dual-code England international Kyle Eastmond has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

The former Parish Church CEVA School and Radclyffe School pupil only returned to Super League in March, signing a two-year contract with Leeds Rhinos having spent a decade in rugby union with Bath, Wasps and Leicester.

Now after just two appearances, the 31-year-old has admitted he does not have the drive he once had and is looking ahead to the next chapter of his life.

“I love rugby and will always be involved in it,” said Eastmond, whose rugby league career started at Oldham St Annes.

“I’ve come to realise the passion to influence the game is no longer on the field. It is this love and respect for the game, that leads me to this decision.

“I would like to say thank you so much to Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos and all the fans and wish the team all the best for the rest of the season.”

Fellow Oldhamer Sinfield, director of rugby for the Rhinos, said: “I think this is an incredibly brave decision by Kyle and a testament to the high standards that he sets for himself.

“When we originally spoke to him, we had belief in his ability and talent and that remains the case however after a year out of rugby due to the pandemic, he has found that he is unable to reach the standards he expects of himself in training and playing.

“He will leave the club with our best wishes for the future.

“The fact he had a contract for this year and next but decided to hang up his boots speaks volumes about his integrity.”