AARON Conway has served up a pre-season blow to Buckie Thistle by announcing he is quitting the game.
Jags boss Gary Hake admitted he was “gutted” by the news that the former Dundee United midfielder was retiring from football due to work commitments.
Conway (29), a star turn for Buckie since moving to the Victoria Park side last summer, recently landed an offshore job and felt he would be unable to commit to the club.
“Initially he said he didn’t want to pack in and would carry on,” Hake said. “But he’ll be doing courses as well as working three weeks away, then three weeks at home. With him staying in Dundee and commuting, he felt he was already going to be away from his family for long enough.
“He told me he wouldn’t go and play for anyone else, so instead he’s retired from the game. We’re obviously gutted to lose Aaron because he was a tremendous player for us, an absolute gem who hardly cost the club any money at all.
“But at the end of the day we know he has to put his family and his livelihood first, as sad as we are to see him go.”
Conway had even committed to signing an extended deal with Jags midway through last term, before he landed his job opportunity.
The club will still retain his registration, but Hake is resigned to losing the former Dundee United, Dundee, Livingston and Peterhead star.
Instead, Buckie will turn their attention to bring in fresh talent this summer.
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