Former Wanderers midfielder James Weir has announced his retirement from the professional game aged 28.

Weir made 12 appearances for the Whites during the 2019/20 season and was part of the ‘Junior Whites’ that held Coventry to a goalless draw while the first-team squad had gone on strike due to the club’s issues off the pitch.

He departed Bolton the following summer and continued his career overseas, playing in Slovakia and Hungary.

While his career was impacted by injuries, Weir is still grateful for the experiences he has had in the game.

He wrote on his Instagram page: “After a lot of thought and consideration I have decided to hang up my boots professionally. A bitter sweet moment, but I can look back on my career with happy memories.

“Despite my injuries I have met some incredible people, forged life-long relationships and travelled the world doing what I love.

“A huge thank you to family, friends, coaches, teammates and fans who have all helped me on my journey.

“Through the highs, lows and everything in between, I have lived my dream. I am excited in the pursuit of living my next dream away from the beautiful game.”

The midfielder began his career in Manchester United’s youth ranks, featuring once for the first team in a 3-2 victory against Arsenal in 2016.

He also represented England at Under-19 level, playing alongside the likes of John Stones and Jordan Pickford.

Weir then headed to Hull and also had a loan spell at Wigan. His time with the Tigers came to an end following a serious knee injury and Wanderers picked him up on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old had been without a club since departing Slovakian outfit ViON Zlate Moravce last month.

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