Former Stoke City midfielder, Matthew Etherington has hung up his boots after failing to overcome a reoccurring back injury.
The 33-year-old departed Stoke City in the summer and had been training with Championship side, Millwall. However, the winger has been unable to shake off the back injury he has sustained and announced on his Twitter account its time for him to retire.
1/1 Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. I have some amazing memories since the day
— Matthew Etherington (@mattyethers) December 3, 2014
He added, “Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.
“Thanks to everyone for the kind messages. Really overwhelming reading them all. Nice to know I left a few good memories during my career.”
Etherington started his career with Peterborough and also played for Tottenham, Bradford on loan and West Ham before moving to the Potters in 2009. In total, Etherington made 493 club appearances, scoring 43 goals.
The winger was inundated with Tweets to say thank you from fans and teammates –
— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) December 3, 2014
.@mattyethers is retiring !!!!! Great player , great career and best of all a great lad ! Can see that golf handicap coming right down now.
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) December 3, 2014
@mattyethers Great career. Top guy. Pleasure to have played with you. Best of luck for the future
— Thomas Sorensen (@TSorensen1) December 3, 2014
Well played, Matty Etherington