Fans pay tribute as Ulster's Andrew Trimble announces retirement
"You could turn out for Coleraine Thirds next season"
It took only seconds for the tributes and thanks to start flowing in after Andrew Trimble announced his retirement from professional rugby.
The 33-year-old Ulster star confirmed on Thursday afternoon that his playing career will come to an end this summer.
And on social media, fans were quick to relive their highlights:
Getting a lump in my throat as I type this. Thanks for everything you gave for Ulster and Ireland. You have been a credit to the game and we were privileged to have you. Wishing you the very best for the future!— John Crothers (@johnscrothers) May 3, 2018
You sure did stand up for us! Andrew. Without any exaggeration you have been one of the finest to play for us that I have had the privilege to stand up for. May a I wish you & you family great success, health & happiness. 😇— Stephen McCormick (@SJA_McC) May 3, 2018
The news also marks the end of an era for one local name-a-like:
And this fan's wall of honour takes another step into the annals of history:
If the Ulsterman does ever feel like lacing up the boots again, he has already got a tempting offer from his hometown club:
Belfast Telegraph Digital