Steven Caldwell has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 34-year-old Scottish defender has called time on his playing career while with MLS club Toronto FC and will now move into a director's role with the Canadian club's owner, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
Caldwell played for Newcastle United, Blackpool, Bradford City, Leeds United, Sunderland, Burnley, Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City throughout his career in the UK, most famously captaining the 2009 Championship playoff triumph with the Clarets.
The former TFC captain told the club's official website: “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. I would like to thank all my team-mates and coaches I've learnt from along the way, creating friendships and bonds that will last forever.
“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 jersey.
“Finally to TFC, I appreciate and love this club more than all the others. The opportunity to stay here and be a part of the success that will come is a privilege.
“I feel responsible and committed to doing everything I can to help this club prosper and win."
Caldwell: "I felt like this was the time to retire and move on. I was proud to represent Toronto." #TFCLivepic.twitter.com/GsU74HREzF
— Toronto FC (@torontofc) July 14, 2015