Mansfield Town defender Rhys Day to retire at end of season

Mansfield Town defender Rhys Day will retire at the end of this season, the 29-year-old has announced.

Day has been forced to sit out the season because of a re-occurring knee injury and after suffering from a patella tendon rupture during a friendly match at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare in January,

Day said: “Everyone knows I’ve had troubles with my knee and little niggles which I’ve found hard to get over in the last 18-24 months.

“My body can’t do what it used to and it’s taking me longer to recover.

“I’m pleased to have had the career I’ve had. To have spent nearly 15 years in the game as a professional is something not many can say they’ve done.”

Rhys has also announced a testimonial date for Saturday 12th May 2012 (3pm) to be played at One Call Stadium, Mansfield, where a Stags XI, featuring members of the current first team squad will face a Stags’ Legends team consisting of the likes of Liam Lawrence, Alex John-Baptiste and Jake Buxton, who have already confirmed their attendance.

Day, who is currently in his second spell at Mansfield Town, has enjoyed two promotions with Aldershot and Oxford United in a career which started at Manchester City as a trainee.