Slough Town midfielder Harrison Gilkes has been forced to retire from competitive football at the age of 24.

The midfielder, who joined the Rebels in 2016, has a degenerative hip condition and he’s taken the tough decision to retire on medical advice. Soon after signing for the club Gilkes also picked up a serious knee injury that has compounded the problem.

The hip condition was discovered early on in his playing career but has increasingly affected him in recent years.

On the Slough Town website joint manager Neil Baker said: “Following his knee injury and the amount of work he has had to put in just to try to get back to playing, this has put a huge strain on him, and after having discussed the matter at length with his surgeon, he has made the extremely tough decision to retire from competitive football.

“Obviously we as a club are gutted for Harrison, who has been a fantastic person to be around since joining.

“His injury at Fleet Town in July 2016 was a tough one to take for him and us, however as a club we have stood by him and he has worked his socks off to try and get back playing for Slough Town.

“Unfortunately this is not to be, and we now wish Gilkesy the best of luck for the next stage of his career. He will always be welcome back, and I am sure the Slough Town fans will send their best wishes.”

Source: www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk

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