One of Johnstone Burgh’s most influential players in recent years is leaving the club.
Club Captain, Niall Herron has been forced to retire from the game at the age of 22.
The defender who has been the skipper for the last four years, damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee against Carluke Rovers last season.
The news came as a huge blow for Burgh who currently sit eighth in the WOSFL conference A league sitting on 33 points, 18 points off the top of the league table.
The question is will this terrible news lead to bad form for the rest of the season? or will they use this as motivation to kick on the rest of the season and end the season on a high note for their captain?
WOSFL Conference A league table https://wosfl.co.uk/table/conference-a/
In the club statement Johnstone burgh said: “It’s with devastating news that we learn today that our current club captain, Niall Herron has had to ‘retire’ from his footballing career due to a serious ‘acl’ injury he received in last season’s match against Carluke Rovers. The club would like to thank Niall for his services over the last four years.”
The manager Jamie McKim added: “I’m gutted for Niall that he has to stop playing so young, I know how much playing for and captaining this club meant to him. He deserves huge credit for the impact he has made since he joined us just under 4 years ago, always leading by example on and off the pitch. I’m hoping we will see Niall return to the club in some capacity in the future, but, for now, we wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do.”
In the comments on the post on twitter people showed their support for the burgh captain:
“Gutting news for the big fella. Especially with plenty of years ahead of him.
All the best to Niall from all at
“ Sorry to here this about Niall horrible injury to end your playing career. Niall was a player I watched from his days at St Peters good player great leader very successful team. Hopefully in time you will get into coaching and still enjoy the game.”
“Gutted to hear this Niall, horrible injury to an excellent player that had years ahead of him.
All the very best Niall from everyone at St Peter’s”
The beautiful thing about football though is that the playing career is not the end, It is just the beginning as probably everyone has seen with players in the past having to retire because of a serious injury and going on to become a coach.