Elliott Brathwaite announces retirement

Greensnet Editor
Mon 02 Oct 2017, 20:08

We are sad to report that popular defender Elliott Brathwaite has decided to hang up his boots and retired from playing football with immediate effect. As many supporters will be aware, Elliott, who is 27 years old, underwent surgery again a few weeks ago, and following a meeting with his surgeon he was advised not to take part in contact sports so as to avoid any further damage to his knee.

Gary McCann is hopeful of keeping Elliott involved at the club in some capacity, either in a coaching capacity while helping him to study for his coaching badges, or by going and watching future opponents for us.

Elliott joined the club in the summer of 2011 from Hampton & Richmond Borough, having started his career in the youth academy at Wycombe Wanderers. He made 97 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals and was a lynchpin of the defence during our cup-double winning season in 2014-15. Unfortunately injuries have taken their toll - he had three long periods out injured during his six years at the club - which means that whilst we are disappointed he has had to retire, it is undoubtedly the right decision.

Speaking about Elliott's retirement, Gary McCann said, "I was a similar age to big Els when I suffered my injuries so I know how difficult his heartfelt decision will have been. He was a huge part of my most successful squad so far, and will be hugely missed on the playing front. But we have left the door open for Els to stay connected with the club. It's not the end in non league football unless he wants it to be. I hope he stays involved. All the best big Els."

Everyone involved at the club would like to thank Elliott for his services over the past six years, and we all hope that he is able to remain part of the club should he wish to do so in the future.