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Dylan Hartley: One more concussion and I could retire

England captain Dylan Hartley accepts that one more concussion could force him to take an extended break from the game or even end his career.

Hartley will lead England out against Wales on Sunday. Credit: PA

Hartley has missed 14 weeks of the season over two spells after taking blows to the head, the most recent of which came in the final match of the Six Nations when he was knocked unconscious in the Grand Slam-sealing victory over France.

Debilitating lethargy was the main symptom of his latest absence and he was only able to return in Northampton's final match of the season on May 7, making Sunday's Test against Wales at Twickenham the second outing of his comeback.

Now the 30-year-old hooker is symptom-free and feels "strong and fit", but he knows a further concussion might have far-reaching implications.

Hartley said:

If I got another lay-off now, I'd be worried. I'd probably start looking at other careers or maybe a long lay-off. Maybe I'll look at my tackling technique too!

I'd have to ask a specialist. Three in one season would warrant a bit of time off and I would probably take that anyway - take a step back and have a minute.

It's not something I fear, it's something you deal with when it happens. I won't go into the Wales game worrying about it. I feel confident in my head and have tested it out a few times.

– England captain Dylan Hartley

Notts County appoint club's new manager

John Sheridan Credit: PA

Notts County have just announced that John Sheridan has been appointed as the club’s new First Team Manager.

Sheridan, a former Republic of Ireland international, joins the Magpies from Oldham Athletic where he steered the club to 17th place in League One having taken over in January with the team in 22nd position and five points from safety.

The 51-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract, has a proven track record in the Football League, winning the League Two title and Football League Trophy with Chesterfield, whilst guiding both Oldham and Plymouth Argyle to the play offs.

On joining the club Sheridan said:

I’m delighted to be joining Notts County and relishing the opportunity to get the club challenging for promotion to League One.

The decision to leave Oldham was not an easy one and I will always retain my affection for the club and its fans.

Notts County is a big club - far bigger than its current league position suggests and having taken Chesterfield to the League Two title, I know what is required to succeed and get the club back to a higher level.

– John Sheridan


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