A really interesting and thought-provoking statement from Jim.
Reading between the lines, I wonder how much of Kirby's decision is due to the kind of physicality that players like him at our level have to deal with every game, and the long-term injury problems that's caused him.
The root cause of this is the lack of protection from referees, who are simply too scared to enforce the rules of the game.
Fylde should have been down to 9 players last Tuesday night - there's not a shadow of doubt in my mind about that. It's dumb luck that their number 4 didn't cause Ben Jackson the kind of injury that could have seriously limited / ended his career.