Former West Brom defender Gareth McAuley has announced that he has made the decision to retire from football.
McAuley joined West Brom from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2011, and went onto spend seven years at the club, before leaving for Rangers last summer.
The defender struggled for game time in Glasgow during the previous campaign however, and would spend just a single year at Ibrox.
After leaving the Scottish giants at the end of last season, McAuley announced his retirement from the game on Monday morning, stating that it is time for him to take on ‘new challenges’.
After 23 years playing football its time for new challenges pic.twitter.com/WOdOr3Cw6j
— Gareth McAuley (@G23mcauley) September 30, 2019
During his time at West Brom, McAuley made 227 appearances for the Baggies, scoring 17 goals and winning the club’s Player of the Year Award for the 2012/13 campaign.
It is little surprise therefore that plenty of the Midlands side’s fans were keen to wish McAuley the best for the future in response to his announcement on Twitter.
Here, we take a look at what some of those fans had to say.
All the best in retirement. Doubted whether signing a player on a free to play premier league football was wise. Couldn’t have been more wrong, one of the finest players and professionals to pull on an albion shirt. Class act on and off the pitch.
— Ste (@ste198t2) September 30, 2019
Well done GMac, you’re welcome back anytime
— Matt (@RxbsonKanu) September 30, 2019
WBA legend, good luck for the future
— Kirk (@kirk1477) September 30, 2019
Privileged to have watched you play for #wba, Gareth. Good luck to your and your family
— Scott Field (@scottjfield) September 30, 2019
Fantastic servant to my club, unbelievable will to win. Wishing you all the very best in anything you do. Hope our club @WBA invite you back like Jonas to allow us to give our thanks.
— Alistair Jones (@AliJones9) September 30, 2019
Thanks for everything at the Albion Gareth, and good luck with whatever comes next.
— diane skidmore (@skidders61) September 30, 2019
— Daws (@Daws___) September 30, 2019
Good luck for the future GMac. Hopefully see you at an Albion game in the near future.
— Dave Neale (@baggiedave70) September 30, 2019
— Richard Downing (@rjdowning) September 30, 2019