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Former Seasider Barker Officially Retires

Ex-Pool Defender Issues Message of Thanks After Playing Career Comes To An End

11 May 2018

Former Blackpool defender Shaun Barker has today issued a message of thanks after officially hanging up his boots.

The 35-year-old, who made 149 appearances for The Seasiders between 2006 and 2009, previously announced his intention to retire from the game last month. 

Most recently at Burton Albion, Barker battled back from an horrific and career-threatening knee injury sustained while with Derby County in March 2012 to make a return to first-team action with Burton in August 2016.  

"With retirement officially upon me, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in my footballing journey," Barker said in a statement. "From making my debut at Rotherham United, moving to Blackpool FC, Derby County and finally making my comeback at Burton Albion.To each manager, coach, team-mate and fan, I thank you.

"Undoubtedly, returning onto the pitch from my horrendous injury after four and a half years of rehabilitation was my greatest achievement. Unfortunatel I've not managed to get back to starting games and helping out on the pitch as I'd hoped!

"Becoming a footballer was never a dream of mine, but I can honestly say I've appreciated every minute of it and feel very privileged to have played the game at a professional level.

"Thanks for all your support and good luck to you all in the future." 

Blackpool Football Club would like to wish Shaun all the very best in the next chapter of his career, and reiterate its previous thanks for his efforts while in tangerine, which included a promotion to The Championship in 2007. 

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