Date: 24th April 2015 at 6:55pm
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Full back Marc Tierney has been forced to hang up his boots and call time on his playing career at the age of 29 years old following the persistent ankle problems he has suffered in recent times.

The player has been limited to just eight appearances for the club since joining us from Norwich back in the summer of 2013 and having suffered a leg and ankle break that required ligament reconstruction in the game against Yeovil Town back in September 2013, he has undergone four separate surgeries and extensive rehabilitation attempts to try and return but unfortunately it’s been to no avail.

A New York based surgeon has now diagnosed his injury as a permanent disability and that has obviously led to his recent decision to retire.

Speaking to the Official Site Tierney explained.

‘I’d like to place on record my thanks to the backroom staff, manager and chairman, who have all been brilliant in helping me in the best possible way. I would really have liked to have played for this manager, but unfortunately it hasn`t worked out that way. The club have been kind enough to allow me to still come in for physio, so my treatment is still ongoing. I want to get to the point where it doesn`t affect me in my normal life, a recreational ankle if you will.’

Tierney goes on to say that obviously it’s a very disappointing development for him, but he has some good memories from his time in the game and his nigh on 250 appearances that included moving up the leagues and spending time in the Premiership, and for him it’s just a shame he never got the chance to play his part in trying to get Bolton back to the top flight.

‘It`s obviously very disappointing, but I`ve got some great memories from my time as a player, from progressing up the leagues to playing in the Premier League. Of course, I wanted to help Bolton get back there, but it just wasn`t to be.’

Manager Neil Lennon said himself of the retirement.

‘Everyone is gutted for Marc. Since we came through the door his attitude has been superb, but unfortunately it just isn`t to be. We of course wish him well in whatever he decides to do going forward and he`ll always be welcome back at Bolton.’

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