Fans favourite Maun calls time on illustrious career

Danny Maun played the final game of his career when Hunslet met his former club Batley Bulldogs last Sunday.
Danny Maun played the final game of his career when Hunslet met his former club Batley Bulldogs last Sunday.
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Danny Maun has announced his retirement from professional rugby league after an illustrious career which has seen him play 370 games.

Maun will be best remembered for his two spells with Batley Bulldogs but he also enjoyed successful stints at Dewsbury Rams and Hunslet Hawks, along with one season at Featherstone.

Maun was a favourite among supporters and had a prolific scoring record, crossing 148 times, but admits now is the time to retire.

It was fitting that the 34-year-old’s final appearance came at Batley last Sunday and speaking after the match, Maun said: “Craig Lingard gave me some great advice when he told me not to be remembered for playing one season too long.

“I have loved playing the game but my body is telling me it is time to retire.”

Maun won the National League Two title with Dewsbury in 2006 and was part of the Bulldogs side who defeated Widnes to lift the Northern Rail Cup in 2010 at Blackpool.

He was also part of the successful Hunslet side who won last season’s Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final to clinch promotion.

Maun played 254 games in two spells for the Bulldogs, scoring 97 tries and added: “Signing for Batley was a massive thing for me. I would have been happy to play 10 games for the club but to play all the matches I did was very special and it is nice to have ended my career here.

“Winning the Northern Rail Cup with Batley was a very special moment and is something nobody can take away but I also loved winning the Grand Final with Hunslet last year and I enjoyed my time at Dewsbury.

“I have loved my career and playing with Glenn Tomlinson at Batley was great for me.

“The game is in my blood and I would love to stay involved in some capacity. I think I have a lot to offer and I’d like to take my coaching badges.

“Perhaps my family has taken a bit of a back seat during my career, so I will also be spending more time with them.”