Tranmere Rovers manager Micky Mellon has paid tribute to Scott Davies, who announced his retirement from professional football earlier this week.
Speaking ahead of Rovers’ game against Scunthorpe United this week, Mellon says that Davies can look back on his career with great pride.
He said: “I’ve known for a couple of weeks that it was potentially going to go the way that it’s gone. I had a good conversation with him, and I get on really well with him. I’ve known him for a long, long time.
“It’s not sad news, I don’t look at it like that. He’s had a terrific career. He’s done brilliant for me, and for every club that he’s played at. It’s now a career he needs to celebrate, and he can look back on with great pride.
“The exciting part is that he’s still a young man, and he can move onto the next stage in his life. It’s obviously disappointing that he’s had to finish playing football through injury, but he’s 33 and had a terrific career.
“If you offered him the career he’s had at the start, he’d have bit your hand off for that. He’s achieved so much in his career. He can look back now, and really enjoy those memories.
“Sometimes, when you get to a stage in your career, when injuries aren’t healing or not getting any better, then there’s the risk of only more damage. Then you just have to make an honest call on it.”
Ahead of the visit of Scunthorpe, the manager also gave the latest on the squad's health and what to expect from the visitors at Prenton Park
“We had a few more positive, but had a few back. We should be able to play, that’s what I believe every football club should do with it. To try and play.
“We weren’t able to play the last few games, we just didn’t have the bodies. We didn’t have any goalkeepers, so that would’ve been tough to try and do that.
“We won’t ask for any pity, we’ll put a team out there that we believe can keep us moving forward.
“We want to win and need to win so we’ll concentrate on ourselves. We know that we need to get a lot right because they’ve beaten us before this season. The threat is there for us so we need to be the best version of ourselves to pick up another valuable three points.”