Alan Bulloch To Retire From Professional Rugby

Alan Bulloch is to retire from professional rugby next month at the relatively young age of 26. A business opportunity has arisen, and the Glasgow centre threequarter has decided to take it as he appreciates that such a lucrative proposition may not be available in the future.Bulloch has been released from his contract from 12 April, but he has played his last game for Glasgow as a full-time professional. He had asked to be "phased" out of the playing squad, and, consequently, he will not be travelling to Dublin tomorrow [Thursday 1 April] for Glasgow's Celtic League match against Leinster Lions at Donnybrook the following day."I"ve had a fantastic time over the years with Glasgow," Bulloch said today. "But it's time for me to pursue business interests. I wish the guys all the best."Like his elder brother, Gordon, the Scotland hooker, Alan was among the first group of professional players in Scottish rugby in 1996. Since the revamping of the Scottish professional teams two years later Alan has set a Glasgow record of 125 appearances. He also played five times for Scotland in season 2000-2001, making his debut in the autumn international against the United States at Murrayfield and scoring a try in the subsequent match against Samoa."We"re sorry to lose Alan, of course," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, said today. "He's been one of the longest serving professional players. He has been an exemplary servant for Glasgow rugby over the years, and we wish him well.'david Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, echoed the coach's comments, adding that retirement as a full-time professional need not necessarily spell the end of Alan's appearances for the team. "It would not be a surprise if Alan were to be called in occasionally to cover a gap in the team," the chief executive suggested. "He's the ideal player."Alan Bulloch is to retire from professional rugby next month at the relatively young age of 26. A business opportunity has arisen, and the Glasgow centre threequarter has decided to take it as he appreciates that such a lucrative proposition may not be available in the future.Bulloch has been released from his contract from 12 April, but he has played his last game for Glasgow as a full-time professional. He had asked to be "phased" out of the playing squad, and, consequently, he will not be travelling to Dublin tomorrow [Thursday 1 April] for Glasgow's Celtic League match against Leinster Lions at Donnybrook the following day."I"ve had a fantastic time over the years with Glasgow," Bulloch said today. "But it's time for me to pursue business interests. I wish the guys all the best."Like his elder brother, Gordon, the Scotland hooker, Alan was among the first group of professional players in Scottish rugby in 1996. Since the revamping of the Scottish professional teams two years later Alan has set a Glasgow record of 125 appearances. He also played five times for Scotland in season 2000-2001, making his debut in the autumn international against the United States at Murrayfield and scoring a try in the subsequent match against Samoa."We"re sorry to lose Alan, of course," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, said today. "He's been one of the longest serving professional players. He has been an exemplary servant for Glasgow rugby over the years, and we wish him well.'david Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, echoed the coach's comments, adding that retirement as a full-time professional need not necessarily spell the end of Alan's appearances for the team. "It would not be a surprise if Alan were to be called in occasionally to cover a gap in the team," the chief executive suggested. "He's the ideal player."