FOOTBALLER STEPHEN DARBY RETIRES AGED 29

FOOTBALLER STEPHEN DARBY RETIRES AGED 29

Footballer Stephen Darby has retired at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

 

“It is with great sadness that I announced my immediate retirement from professional football due to a recent diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease,” Darby said in a statement released by the club.

 

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Phil Parkinson and all the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period for myself and my family. I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and so that I can spend time with those closest to me.”

 

The rare condition causes gradual weakness of muscles and gets worse over time, with symptoms that include weakness in ankles or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches.

 

While at Liverpool, Darby had loan spells with Swindon, Notts County and Rochdale before joining Bradford, where he spent two seasons as club captain under current Bolton boss Parkinson. Parkinson said: “This is heartbreaking news for Stephen and his family. He is an outstanding professional and a fantastic person. The Bolton Wanderers fans didn’t see the best of him due to limited first team opportunities, but I can assure everyone that he made a significant contribution in last year’s survival.”

 

Source: www.chroniclelive.co.uk

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