Gary Caldwell on his brother Steven’s ‘great career’.
- Steven Caldwell retires from playing.
- Toronto FC defender, 34, calls time on career.
- Caldwell played for Latics from 2010 to 2011.
Speaking to Torontofc.ca, Caldwell announced:
“It’s with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the game I love. Football has been my life since a very young age and I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had to live out my dreams… To all the magnificent clubs, it was an honour to represent you both home and away. I hope the fans appreciated the pride I felt putting on their shirt.”
Caldwell arrived at Latics in August 2010, joining his brother Gary, who joined in January 2010, at the DW Stadium. The defender went on to make 10 appearances for the club before joining Birmingham City in 2011, earning two of his 12 caps with Scotland during his time with Latics.
Speaking after last night’s 1-1 draw with Altrincham in a pre-season friendly, Gary Caldwell took time to praise his brother’s career, which saw the elder brother lift the Championship play-off trophy as captain of Burnley in May 2009.
“Steven has had a great career, but unfortunately it always has to come to an end.
“He’s struggled, like myself, with injuries in the past six to nine months and he’s made the call knowing it was the right time for him.
“He was given the opportunity within the club (Toronto FC) to move up into a different department. It’s an opportunity that I know really excites him, and he’s looking forward to that challenge.
“My brother’s had a great career and one that he’ll look back on fondly, but of course he’ll miss playing, his love for the game is fierce.”
Watch Toronto FC's thank you to Steven below.
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