Sunday, 17 June 2012

David Flatman: Over and out

Every sportsman knows that a career is finite. Some are lucky enough to go at the moment of their choosing; others when their contract ends. But sometimes injury makes the decision for you. David Flatman, who has written so eloquently on these pages, describes the end of his career.

As an 18-year- old boy, I turned up with my mate Jonny Dawson at the Saracens training ground. We were shown to the ice-cold locker room, told there was no way we were getting one of our own and instructed to make sure our gear was not left in the way of any of the players. We were then led into a team meeting for which we were late. Mark Evans, then the boss, told us to "piss off and wait outside".

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