Our person of the week is a much loved and respected rugby player who is retiring from his role as captain of Whitehaven RLFC.

Marc Shackley has played for the club for a number of years and has been captain when the team were promoted to the Championship.

The team have done amazingly under Marc's guidance and he has been a fan favourite.

But now, due to a knee injury, he is having to retire from the game that he loves.

Mr Shackley said: "It's been an unreal experience and a real rollercoaster.

"It's been massive to be captain of the local team and taking them into a really good position.

"The fans have been fantastic both home and away and have always backed me and the team."

Marc explained that he has always been a fan of Whitehaven and has been going to watch them since he was a kid.

He said that playing for the team was something that he's always wanted to do.

Playing for them has been one of the big achievements of his sporting career.

Marc explained that he is upset to announce his retirement from the club but has had to due to an injury with his knee.

Marc's last game was this season when the side took on York.

Mr Shackley said: "I'll still go and watch them because my kids and I love the team.

"I've made some good friends and it's a big part of my life now."

Jonty Gorley, Assistant Coach at Whitehaven RLFC, discussed his feelings on Marc leaving the club and the impact he has had on the town's community.

Mr Gorley said: "He's been brilliant for Whitehaven and exceptional as a Captain.

"He's a leader by example and leads by his actions.

"His team mates, the fans and even players on opposing sides all have respect for him."

"I'm gutted to see him retire but things like this happen and he's been great so you couldn't ask for more."

Jonty explained that Marc was a fan favourite and it was his actions off the field that were the reason that fans admired him.

Jonty agreed that Marc has had a strong career and will always be held in high regard by the people of Whitehaven.

Mr Gorley added: "I'd like to thank him for what he's done and his been a pleasure to be around."