London Irish full-back Tom Homer is retiring from the sport with immediate effect following the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.
Homer, who made 126 appearances and scored 785 points for the Exiles across two stints with the Club, has decided that it’s the right time for him to hang up his boots.
Tom had agreed a move to French side US Montalbanaise but has since decided his future is away from the rugby field.
“I suppose my love for life is now beyond the rugby field,” explained Homer.
“I’ve played rugby for 13 years now and have some brilliant memories, but it just feels like the right time to retire.
“There is something poetic about finishing at the Club where it all started. I’m looking forward to the next adventure.”
Looking back at his career, Homer chose not to reflect a particular match, try or conversion, but more so on those fellow players he has shared the pitch with.
“My first year at London Irish and getting to play in the Premiership Final was a massive highlight, but more than anything, I will remember the people that I got to share those types of experiences with,” he said.
“Thank you to all the people that have supported me during my career, you stuck with me through thick and thin. I really appreciate it.”
Declan Kidney, when commenting on Tom’s decision said: “We wish nothing but the best to Tom and his family in the future.
“He has had a fantastic career and should be very proud of everything that he has achieved. I know he will be successful in whatever path he chooses to do next, and I would like to thank him for his generosity, work ethic and friendship during his time at London Irish.”
Thank you for everything Tom. Good luck in your future - you will always be welcome at Hazelwood.