STEETON Club Captain Tim Hird has announced his retirement from football following a hugely successful career.

The central midfielder joined the Chevrons from Silsden during the 2013/14 season, becoming an integral part of the side that reached the County Cup Final at Elland Road.

He made 190 appearances for the club, scoring six goals, and playing a huge part in their successful transition to non-league football.

Due to work commitments and his wife expecting their third child, he has decided that now is the right time to bow out, though he admits it was not an easy decision.

“It’s something I have been thinking about for a while, and it’s not a decision that I have made lightly, but with everything going on I have had to accept that something has got to give, and now feels the right time," he said.

"I leave the club with some fantastic memories and with it being in a much better place than when I joined."

“I feel that the club really is moving in the right direction and the current crop of players are more than capable of pushing the side forward.

"I think that they can have a very successful season next time around."

Manager Roy Mason paid tribute to Tim saying: “Hirdy has been a fantastic player for the club over the past eight seasons, not only on a matchday but also on the training ground.

"He always has and still is one of the fittest players at the club. His tenacity and will to win rubs off on everyone.

"It’s the end of an era and Tim is someone I have known for over 30 years. Not only has he been a great Captain; he is also a good friend, and I would personally like to thank him for all his efforts in the time he has been with us.

"He, like all other past players, will always be welcome at the club.”

By Emma Kennedy