Daniel Parslow has announced his retirement as a professional footballer due to a head injury.
The former York City defender, who is ranked 10th in the club’s all-time appearance list, had been hoping to return to the game next season after spending the last five months on the sidelines.
However Parslow, 33, has today confirmed that he will not able to resume his playing career.
“It comes with great sadness that I wish to announce that my football career has come to a premature end after failing to recover from a serious head injury back in February at the York v Hereford FC match,” Parslow said.
“I’ve been fortunate to play the game for 17 years as a professional and shared so many fantastic highs with team-mates and supporters along the way. I have made 383 appearances for York City FC, becoming the 10th player in the all-time appearances list in almost 100 years of the club’s history. I am extremely proud of this record as well as being awarded the Billy Fenton Clubman of the Year trophy an unprecedented 3 times.
“Other major highlights in my career include FA Trophy success at Wembley followed by promotion to the Football League and 9 fantastic days that will live with me forever.
“A two year spell at Cheltenham Town was to follow gaining promotion to League 2 and then my subsequent return ‘home’ to York City. Although this latter spell at York didn’t go as planned, I came back to help the Football Club back to where it belongs.
“I’d like to thank each and every team-mate who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room with during my career, an integral part of the camaraderie of football that I’m sure can never be replaced.
“I’d like to thank the fans for their support which has been steadfast, you have inspired me to greater heights and I worked as hard as I could in each and every game to bring us success.
“My focus since February has been on returning to health. My recovery is slow and I’m a million miles away from playing sport and returning to ‘normal’ but I am making progress.
“York City have continued to support my rehabilitation and together with Headway, who offer support to improve life after brain injury, I hope to increase awareness for those recovering from brain injuries.
“Watch out for events throughout my benefit year, kicking off on Saturday with the Notts County game with the club donating a proportion of the proceeds to Headway. It’s time to hang up the boots.”