ALEX Davidson, Birmingham & Solihull Rugby Club’s most capped ever player, has announced that he is calling time on his playing career at the Bees. The 29-year-old second row forward, who has pulled on the Bees’s jersey a record 182 times in eight seasons, has been unable to agree new contract terms with the Club.
“It has been an incredibly difficult and emotional decision for me to make,” said Alex Davidson. “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.”
Davidson has been an ever-present figure at the Club over the last eight seasons and has been a firm favourite with Bees fans thanks to his whole-hearted contribution both on and off the pitch. He has scored 14 tries in his career with the Bees and, despite a reputation for robust play, has only been sin binned on 25 occasions. “Davo” has also represented England Counties and Wales at U21 and Student level.
“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last eight years and would like to thank all supporters for their unstinting support. I still have close ties with the Club and will be down to watch the boys next season” said Alex Davidson.
Speaking about the announcement, 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”.