Manchester United goalkeeper Paul Woolston has been forced to retire at the age of just 23 due to an injury.
The former Newcastle United stopper has unfortunately been unable to return to full fitness after suffering an unknown injury that led to two operations and a lengthy rehabilitation period.
Woolston represented Man United's under-23 side and appeared for England up to under-18s level.
But 'following significant determination' to return to action, Woolston has had to call time on his playing career.
Man United announced his retirement on social media, with the player speaking to the club about his emotional decision.
"To have to retire at just 23 has been really tough to come to terms with but I feel a lot more positive now," he explained.
"I am really proud of everything that I have achieved, many people dream of playing football at this level. Of course, I would have loved to have gone on further but it has been an absolute honour to represent Manchester United during my time here.
"The support of my family, friends, team-mates, coaches, the medical staff and entire Manchester United Academy has been phenomenal.
"Everyone has played a major part in my journey by keeping my spirits up, allowing me to reflect positively on my playing experiences and begin to look to the future.
"Right now, I am fully focused on the next stage of my career. I am ready to use all of my learnings, resilience, drive and determination to make a real success of my life."
Never thought I would have to write this at 23 but this chapter has had to come to an end.- Paul Woolston (@PAULHW_) March 23, 2022
I can look back proudly on what I've achieved in my career but I am excited about what's in store for the future.
A new chapter awaits :boom: pic.twitter.com/PbcVaepfMH
Man United's current No.1 David De Gea tweeted a message of support following Woolston's retirement.
"All the best bro," he wrote on Twitter.
Woolston has been given a 'robust support programme' by the club as he prepares for the next chapter of his life.
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