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Kirk Dixon (born (1984-07-19)19 July 1984), also known by the nickname of "Dicko", is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played as a centre or wing for Hull FC and the Castleford Tigers in the Super League.

Kirk Dixon
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Personal information
Full nameKirk Dixon
Born (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 35)
England
Playing information
Height187 cm (6 ft 2 in) [1]
Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) [2]
Rugby league
PositionCentre, Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–06 Hull F.C. 17 6 4 0 32
2007–14 Castleford Tigers 160 72 308 0 904
Total 177 78 312 0 936
Rugby union
PositionWing, Outside centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006 Northampton Saints
Source: [3][4]

CareerEdit

Dixon was born in Hull and played rugby union for Hull Ionians before starting his rugby league career with Hull F.C.[5][6][7] He briefly played rugby union for Northampton Saints before joining Castleford Tigers in October 2006 on a one-year contract.[8][9] Castleford manager Mick Robinson said: "Kirk is another player with Super league experience who has a lot to offer us. He has good vision and is a real try poacher."[10] Dixon scored 23 tries in the 2007 season, helping Castleford to promotion, and signed a two-year contract in October 2007.[11]

Dixon was given a new two-year deal following some good form in 2009.[12] He finished the club's top try scorer in this season. He won the coaches player of the year for 2009. He suffered a blood clot in 2009 that ruled him out for six months.[13]

Dixon signed a three-year contract in July 2011, until the end of the 2014 season.[14] A shoulder injury suffered in the Challenge Cup semifinal in August 2011 ended his season.[13][15] A neck injury ruled Dixon out for seven months in 2012.[13]

Dixon missed the start of the 2013 season with a calf injury but scored 11 tries in 21 games and signed a one-year extension to his contract in February 2014.[16][17][18] Daryl Powell described him as "...the ultimate professional [who] works harder than anyone.”[19]

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, Dixon announced his retirement following surgery to his neck.[7][20] He had scored 70 tries and 269 goals in 158 Super League games, and scored more than 1,000 points for Castleford.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Castleford Tigers First Team". web page. Castleford Tigers Rugby League Football Club Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  2. ^ "The official Engage Super League web site". web page. Super League. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  3. ^ loverugbyleague
  4. ^ Rugby League Project
  5. ^ "Patience pays off for Ionians as Dixon inspires Cup triumph". Yorkshire Post. 1 September 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Kirk Dixon: Castleford respect swayed decision to retire". BBC Sport. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Kirk Dixon: Castleford Tigers man forced to retire with neck injury". BBC Sport. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Saints sign league centre Dixon". BBC Sport. 25 September 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Saints' Dixon to return to league". BBC Sport. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Tigers Sign Dixon". Love Rugby League. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Tigers keep hold of trio". Sky Sports. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Tiger Dixon's deal delight". Love Rugby League. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Injury jinx hits Kirk Dixon again". The Independent. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Dixon agrees Castleford stay". Sky Sports. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Dixon set for return". Love Rugby League. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Castleford Tigers suffer injury blow as winger Kirk Dixon tears calf muscle". Sky Sports. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  17. ^ "1000 points for Dixon". Love Rugby League. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Super League: Kirk Dixon extends contract with Castleford Tigers". Sky Sports. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Super League: Castleford Tigers' Kirk Dixon hailed as 'the ultimate pro'". Sky Sports. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  20. ^ Craven, Dave (6 January 2015). "Health now the priority as Dixon calls time on his career". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 7 July 2019.

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