Former Aberdeen defender Zander Diamond has made the decision to retire from football at the age of 33 following a back injury.
The former Mansfield skipper’s retirement was confirmed by the club this afternoon after legal formalities were completed. Diamond made over 450 appearances in a career which started at Aberdeen and took in Oldham, Burton and Northampton Town.
He joined the Stags last summer as part of Steve Evans recruitment drive, but last played in April as they won 1-0 against bitter rivals Chesterfield.
in a statement, the Scot said: “The time has come to hang up my boots. After 17 years in the game, injury has forced me into retirement. The past six to seven months have been a nightmare and the time has come to accept that I have to give up the game that I have loved every second of.”
He also thanked the clubs he’d played for reserving special thanks for the side with which it all began.
“I want to thank all the clubs that I have played for. “I want to especially thank Aberdeen Football Club for giving me the opportunity at a young age to start my journey as a professional footballer.”
Diamond had a stellar career and had he not succumb to injury there’s little doubt he’d be a regular in League Two.
He hasn’t featured this season and Mansfield perhaps won’t feel this blow as much as they would if he’d been playing, but it is always sad to hear a good professional retiring.