Burton Albion captain Shaun Barker has announced his retirement from football at the end of the season.
The former Derby County captain’s career has been blighted by injury, meaning he has only featured five times in the league for the Brewers during his two-year tenure at the club.
Current Brewers manager Nigel Clough, who was also his manager at Derby said Barker’s time will be tainted with a degree of ‘what could have been’ during his 15-year career.
Barker, now aged 35, was out of the game for four years when he sustained a serious knee injury at Derby County.
“I signed for this club with the gaffer wanting me to be around the squad and on the bench, and on the pitch for the last five or ten minutes if needed,” he said.
“Ultimately, when you are a footballer you want to play football and when you aren’t getting the results you are desperate to go out there and help anyway you can.”
“I want to thank the Burton fans, and the Derby fans and every club I have played for the fans, and they have been quite remarkable with me.”
Burton travel to Derby, in what will surely be an emotional tie for the current and former skipper of both clubs. If Burton lose though, there is a chance they could get relegated from the Championship.
Barker stated he will take his time to decide where his future lies after retirement.
“It’s not a decision I have made. I will be available for what the gaffer needs for the end of the season and make the decision form there”