Yorkshire Carnegie hooker Ollie Hayes has been forced to retire from the game with immediate effect due to a neck injury.

The 25-year-old joined Yorkshire Carnegie last summer but was only able to make five first team appearances in the 2014-15 season and has not featured this season. 

Hayes joined Yorkshire Carnegie from Bristol where he had helped the team to finish top of the Greene King IPA Championship but just missed out on promotion after defeat to London Welsh. 

He started his career at Bath Academy and then moved to Bristol in 2008, making his Premiership debut the following year against his former club, Bath. He played 37 times in his first spell at Bristol, before joining Worcester Warriors.

He played ten games for the Warriors before resigning for Bristol Rugby in 2013 after two years away from the club.

Having retired from the game, he is now looking forward to a new career as a mobile physical trainer and has set up a new business at www.olliehayespt.com to utilise the knowledge he has acquired as a professional sportsman to develop others. 

Commenting on the announcement Hayes said, "This is an injury that has troubled me during my career and I have to listen to the experts now and they have told me that I need to retire. It is a tough decision at 25 but I have my whole life ahead of me and my priority is the quality of life I am able to have with my young family. I would like to thank all the coaches, team mates and supporters at the clubs I have played for down the years for their support. Whilst it is disappointing to have to retire at 25 I am privileged to have played the game I love for a living. I will always remember by debut for Bristol against Bath in the Premiership and I would especially like to thank everyone at Yorkshire Carnegie for their support over the last 18 months when I have not been able to do what I set out to do with the club through injury but have always has the club's backing."