Chris Paterson has revealed the physical demands of the game have led to him hanging up his boots – but insists his final swansong this weekend won’t be a permanent goodbye to Edinburgh.
After spending over ten years with the RaboDirect PRO12 outfit Paterson – Scotland’s record points scorer – will call time on his career after this weekend’s clash with Treviso.
And while admitting the time is right to take his leave from the playing arena Paterson won’t be saying goodbye to the Edinburgh faithful for too long.
The 34-year-old has been taken on in a non-playing role by the club, the details of which are not yet available.
“I have always said I wanted to go out playing as well as I can,” Paterson told the Daily Record. “Now I am ready to move on, I have an exciting future ahead within Scottish rugby
“I am just delighted to focus on this weekend’s game. It will be tinged with sadness because I love playing rugby.
“But the main feeling is happiness because I have achieved more than I thought I would. I’ve had such a great time – 14 years of love for my job.
“It takes a lot of time to make a decision such as this but I’m comfortable with it. Since my international retirement my body has been sore, I have taken a few knocks and have not had a sustained period of training.
“That has meant I haven’t been playing much – my body has been telling me ‘enough is enough’.”