AFC Wimbledon defender Andy Frampton has retired from football after an injury filled season.
The 35-year-old, who joined the Dons’ in 2013, has struggled to regain his fitness since an ankle operation in January. Frampton has made only 39 appearances in total for the League Two side, scoring five goals.
The defender has also turned out for Brentford where he made over 130 appearances, Millwall and Gillingham since his senior debut in April 1999. He told the Wimbledon website:
“I am gutted, but it is a decision I have made with my family and I believe it is the right time. To come back for this season and go on for next season became a hard ask. It has been a privilege to be one of those people lucky enough to have played football for a living.”
Manager Neil Ardley also said:
“We have watched the pain Andy has gone through to try and come back, but unfortunately he broke down again and decided it was the best decision to retire. Last season he was close to being our player of the year. He was a great leader for us and is a great man.”
Wimbledon are seventh in League Two, just six points off the play-offs and play relegation threatened Exeter City on Saturday.