Clarke Carlisle was due to spend another season with Northampton, however he opted to retire following the play off final defeat.
Retirement is something that Carlisle had considered last summer but decided to play on but after 16-years in the game the defender, as he told The Herald & Post, is happy with his lot.
Having achieved so much the 33-year-old bows out on his term and with no regrets: 'I think I've lived the life of a 50-year-old man in 30 years.
'I've seen highs and lows, and for a guy with very moderate footballing ability I've managed to represent my country, I've played at Wembley and the Millennium Stadium, played in the Premier League against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Wayne Rooney, and I've got all of their shirts in my study.
'I am utterly delighted with my career and when I tried to retire last year it was because I almost felt the game didn't want or need me anymore. But to be able to come back and show I do have a value with a squad, to get to Wembley and retire on my terms leaves me feeling content.'
Carlisle could have carried on for another season, continuing to pick up a paycheque, however he believes that there are some decent youngsters coming through and didn't want to stifle the progress they could make.
Personally I think that the younger players could have learned from Carlisle, but respect his decision and take my hat off to him for opting against continuing to play for the sake of playing, as some sometimes do.
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