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Ex-West Ham, Stoke winger Etherington calls it a day

Matthew Etherington has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 33-year old winger has been forced to call time on his career because of an ongoing back injury.

Etherington, who made over 170 appearances for both West Ham United and Stoke City, recently trialled with Millwall but his chronic back problem has forced him to close the curtain on a career which began with Peterborough United in 1997.

"Due to an ongoing back problem, the day has come for me to retire from professional football," the former Tottenham and Bradford City man posted on Twitter.

"I have some amazing memories since the day 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."

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