Darren McCauley announces his retirement from the game
Former Coleraine, Derry City and Institute midfielder Darren McCauley has announced his retirement from the game.
The 29-year-old, who was plying his trade in Australia, announced his decision to hang up his boots on social media.
McCauley, who scored a spectacular goal in Coleraine s 2018 Irish Cup victory over Cliftonville, thanked all the players, coaches and staff he had worked with during his career.
"After a lot of thought and consideration surrounding an injury, today I’m announcing my retirement from football," he said.
"I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey.
"From my very first training session with youth club Top of the Hill Celtic to all the teams I have represented: Derry City FC (Ireland), Celtic FC (Scotland), Institute FC (N.Ireland), Coleraine FC (N.Ireland), Inverness Caledonian Thistle (Scotland) and St Albans Dinamo (Australia).
"I’ve been fortunate to play at the professional and semi-professional level and to play in different countries.
"I’ve had ups and downs, played with great players and even better characters.
"All this has helped me build a wealth of experience in the game and in life.
"Thank you to all the players, coaches and staff that I have came across during my time.
"Trophies, goals and performances are great... but the only thing that counts is if others were affected positively by your presence in their life