Burton Albion defender Shaun Barker will officially hang up his boots at the end of the season according to The Brewers’ club media sources.

The 35-year-old Trowell born defender is yet to make a first team start for the Sky Bet Championship minnows since joining the club in summer 2016.

Barker was used five times from the bench last season and while his fitness has been generally good in training this term, the player is yet to be fielded in a first team game.

It has now been revealed that Barker has made the decision to retire at the end of the season after an 18-year playing career which has seen him make almost 400 competitive appearances in club football.

Barker started his career with Rotherham United where he went on to break into the first team and was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Year accolade in 2002/2003.  In summer 2006, the defender joined Blackpool after his contract with The Millers expired and Barker went on to win promotion to the second tier of English football in his first season with the Lancashire club. He will look back on his time at Bloomfield Road with fond memories after making 149 appearances for The Tangerines in just three seasons with the club.

Six seasons with Derby County followed where he was a popular figure with the fans, although the second half of his time at Pride Park was severely hit with injuries.

Barker then moved to Burton Albion as he tried to get his career back on track but life at The Pirelli Stadium has been tough and the player has made the decision that the time is right to end his playing days.

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