Former West Ham midfielder Matthew Etherington has announced he has retired from professional football.
The talented left winger joined the Irons back in 2003 and make a total of 165 appearances over 6 years with the club.
Etherington made his announcement on Twitter saying ”Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football. I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15yrs old.
”Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today.
”I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism.”
An outstanding player for the club and one who will always be remembered for his ability to run at defenders. Best of luck for the future Matty!