ALEX Davidson - Birmingham & Solihull ‘legend’ and most capped player - is calling time on his playing career at the Bees to take up a new position as Luctonians full time director of rugby.
The 29-year-old second row forward, who has pulled on the Bees’s jersey a record 182 times in eight seasons, had been unable to agree new contract terms with the club.
Davidson inset, joins the Herefordshire side who have just won promotion to National 2 North this season.
He said: “It’s been an incredibly difficult and emotional decision for me to make. Ideally I would have liked to stay on as part of the squad, particularly as the club will be playing at a new ground next season, but it wasn’t to be.
“With future family commitments to think about, I had to look at the bigger picture. I’ve got a baby on the way in October and I need to look to the future past my playing career”.
Davidson has been an ever-present at Bees and has been a firm favourite with fans thanks to his whole-hearted contribution both on and off the pitch.
He has scored 14 tries in his career with the Bees but, thanks to a reputation for robust play, has also been sin binned on some 25 occasions.
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last eight years and would like to thank all the fans for their unstinting support. I still have close ties with the club and will be down to watch the boys next season,” he added.
Bees’ Director of Rugby Russell Earnshaw, said: “Davo’s legendary status with the fans and his record as the club’s most capped player are unlikely to be overtaken.
“He may not have been every opposition coach or referee’s cup of tea, but he did for our club exactly what it said on the tin - provided us with a physical edge and intensity that is necessary at this level.
“Furthermore, he is a top bloke off the field and has always been an incredibly articulate role model for younger players and fans. He has, without doubt, left a very big pair of boots to fill.”