Manchester United under-23 goalkeeper Paul Woolston has announced his early retirement following a string of operations that have left him with no option but to call time on his career.
Woolston was a regular among the Red Devils’ first team but became best known for his performances with the club’s under-23 side where he made 13 appearances, in all competitions, keeping three clean sheets along the way.
However, following two operations and a lengthy rehabilitation period, the young shot-stopper has made the sad decision to quit playing professional football.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Woolston said: “To have to retire at just 23 has been really tough to come to terms with but I feel a lot more positive now.”
Although understandably heartbroken at the prospect of quitting football at just 23 years of age, United have rightfully stepped in to offer the youngster a place on a bespoke support programme to help with any potential future plans.
Completing his coaching badges is thought to be an option for Woolston who could still have a future in the game, even if it is not playing.
We wish Woolston well in the future and thank him for his contributions to our club.