Former Yeovil Town winger Jordan Gibbons has decided to retire from the professional game. The 22 year old former Queens Park Rangers player was released by the Glovers at the end of the 2015-16 season, but had been on trial with National League side Boreham Wood in pre-season, playing in matches against Brentford and Reading during the early part of July.
However, the winger dropped out of their squad on a more recent friendly, and he has now put out a message on his Twitter profile that he has decided to give up a serious career in football, citing his injuries and other issues as being at the heart of that:
"Due to injuries and other personal problems. I've decided to hang up my boots with professional football! It's been an absolute pleasure. I'm still happy to play part time and school some kids at power league if the offer arises. End of a chapter."
Jordan's main problems appeared to stem from a hip injury sustained whilst he was a Yeovil Town player, resulting in him needing an operation that put him out from September 2015 onwards. That cut his Glovers career just four games after he arrived at the club from QPR as a free agent. Although he has attempted this comeback with Boreham Wood, it would appear that he's had a reaction to those problems and has decided to give up his hopes of making it at the professional level of the game.
On a happier note, former winger Iffy Allen has got himself a professional contract with Aldershot Town following a pre-season trial. The 22 year old, who left Yeovil Town for Torquay United midway through last season, has signed a one year deal with the shots.
Finally, it would appear that Scottish side Dunfermline ended their interest in striker Mark Beck a couple of weeks ago. Although the media have not said anything either way, Beck's time on trial north of the border appears to have only lasted three matches. Exactly when he departed is harder to tell, given that it was only photographic evidence that told fans he was on the pitch for him, with his identity just referred to as "A. Trialist" but with the Pars having gradually whittled down the number of players listed under that heading over the last few weeks, the process of elimination suggests that Beck has gone elsewhere.
Link: Jordan Gibbons : Yeovil Town Statistics.
Link: Iffy Allen : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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