Max Crumpton says he will cherish his Harlequins memories forever after being forced to retire from rugby at the age of 26.

The Quins hooker sustained a severe hamstring injury in his side’s 25-19 triumph over Bath in January, having made 20 appearances over the past two seasons in which he scored two tries.

The front-rower enjoyed two spells at Twickenham Stoop since 2013, graduating from Saracens Academy and also representing both Plymouth Albion and Bristol Bears.

Crumpton will now be supported by the club in his post-playing career and says he will always remember his time in West London.

“My career has finished sooner than I would have wanted, but I have plenty of fond memories to look back on,” he said.

“Every player dreams of having that fairy-tale finish to their playing career. While I haven’t had the opportunity to sign off in front of a crowded Stoop, I’m immensely proud of what I achieved.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Harlequins, from players, support staff and fans for their support and dedication during my time at the club, but most of all, I thank my family, who have supported me all the way.

“I’m thankful for the continued support from Quins as I begin my life after rugby. It will be great to come back to The Stoop as a fan when rugby returns.”

Crumpton first emerged as a prospect at Saracens in 2012, before attracting the attention of current National League One side Plymouth Albion.

He then joined Quins for a brief loan spell during the 2013/14 season before signing for Bristol and making 51 appearances over a four-year period.

Crumpton then returned to Paul Gustard’s side on a permanent basis in February 2018, where he challenged with the likes of Elia Elia, Joe Gray and Scott Baldwin for the No. 2 jersey.

Crumpton enjoyed a promising campaign last season as Quins finished fifth in the Premiership table, and Gustard lamented the premature end to his rugby career.

Gustard said: “It is a real shame Max was unable to kick on after a breakthrough season last year and continue to add value on and off the field for Quins.

“Max was extremely well-respected and appreciated by the staff and players at the club for his effort and attitude to training. On top of his playing abilities, Max showed a strong capacity for leadership, and we will miss that.

“First and foremost, Max and his young family will always be welcome at Harlequins, and it’s our job to ensure that we continue to support him in his transition.

“We wish Max well as he moves forward in his career, and the door will always be open to him.”