May 03, 2013
Joe Maddock to hang up his boots
Joe Maddock is calling time on his career as a professional rugby player at the end of the season.
At the age of 34, the New Zealand Maori winger has decided to dedicate more time to his family and will move back to New Zealand after the season’s close.
“I’m heading back to New Zealand. Work wise I’m still on the hunt for when I return, but as a family we decided that the time was right for us to go back,” said Maddock, who has spent the last two years at Saracens.
“Saracens as a club is an awesome place to be,” he added. “The club is full of great people; people who work extremely hard for each other and for the organisation as a whole. From my point of view the coaching staff have been brilliant with me, the backroom staff have done their bit to help me look after my body and the players who I train with every week and I get to play with occasionally are just good blokes, it’s not a hard place to come in work on a Monday to Friday that’s for sure.
“I’ve been fortunate to play with some great players and more importantly some great people.
“I loved my time over here in England. The premiership has been a massive part of my career; I’ve spent eight seasons of my professional career here, so it’s played a huge role in my development and my improvement as a rugby player. I’ve loved it.”