Man Utd goalkeeper holds back tears as he’s forced to retire aged just 23 after a significant spell on the side-lines and two operations.
Man Utd goalkeeper Paul Woolston was forced to hold back the tears after announcing his retirement from professional football aged just 23.
Following a length spell on the side-lines and two major operations, Paul Woolston has called time on his playing days.
United announced the news on Wednesday (March 23rd) afternoon with a heart-warming video with Woolston visibly upset.
He said: “To have to retire at just 23 has been really tough to come to terms with but I feel a lot more positive now. 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, teammates, coaches, the medical staff and the 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.”
Representing England to under-18 level, Woolston was part of the Three Lions’ European Under-17 Championship and Under-17s World Cup squads. The young ‘keeper enjoyed several loan spells back in the northeast at Gateshead, Darlington, Blyth Spartans and South Shields.
Man Utd no.1 David de Gea sent his best wishes to Woolston with a classy message.
He told the Man Utd media team. “It’s always bad when someone has to retire at a young age. I’ve spoken with him, the other day, and said to him that the most important thing is life, more than football, in terms of a proper life.
“It was sad. I have been training with him when he was fit, and it’s very sad news. I wish him all the best. He’s a great lad, a great goalkeeper and we all feel really sorry for him.”