FORMER Colchester United striker Scott Vernon has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 38-year-old, who was a member of the U's League One promotion-winning squad in 2006, is bringing the curtain down on his 22-year playing career.

Vernon played seven times for Colchester under Phil Parkinson while on loan at the club from Blackpool, in the 2005-06 season.

The striker scored the U's crucial winner in their 2-1 win at AFC Bournemouth, a result that proved pivotal in helping them clinch a historic promotion to the second tier.

Vernon then later signed for Colchester permanently from Blackpool in January 2008, making 66 appearances for them and scoring 12 times.

He then left the U's in July 2010 and signed for Aberdeen and also played for the likes of Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town, Southend United and Shrewsbury Town.


Writing on social media, he said: "After a 22 year playing career it is now time to say goodbye and hang my boots up.

"I have had some amazing highs, winning promotions 3 times and winning the Scottish league cup as well as some personal accolades along the way.

"As always there are many more lows but I wouldn't change anything and I regret nothing.

"I would like to thank all the clubs I have represented as well as their fans for the cheers and boos that have driven me on.

"I would also like to thank my many previous team mates for making the journey very special.

"Not forgetting the managers for signing me and back room staff for trying to develop and improve me on a day to day basis.


"A special mention to my wife for being by my side through it all and for always supporting me in every aspect and every decision I have made.

"And of course my beautiful girls for being daddy's biggest fans!

"Lastly a massive thank you to my family and in particular my parents.

"Without doubt the biggest influence on me as a person and my career.

"Since I was old enough to kick a ball they always supported and encouraged me to never give up on my dream, always being there for me through the tough times and celebrated with me through the good.

"I am truly blessed and grateful to have them.

"You never know what the future holds but for now a break from the game is much needed.

"Scotty V x".