David Unsworth retires from professional football at the age of 35.
David Unsworth has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
Known affectionately as ‘Rhino’, the popular defender enjoyed two spells at Everton, clocking up 350 appearances and scoring 40 goals.
He’s been at Huddersfield Town this season but has decided to call it a day – although he insists he wants to stay in the game.
“I’ve had a great time but it’s the right time now for me to concentrate on something else,” he told evertonfc.com.
“I am doing my coaching badges and my intention is to move into that side of the game. I’m thoroughly enjoying the coaching side and am keen to really get started, which is the main reason for hanging my boots up.”
In between spells at Everton, Unsy played for Aston Villa (briefly!) and West Ham United and he later turned out for Portsmouth, Ipswich Town, Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, Burnley and Huddersfield Town.
He was part of the 1995 FA Cup winning side while at Goodison and also scored the first goal of David Moyes' managerial tenure in March 2002.
Unsworth also won seven England Under-21 caps and appeared once for the senior side.
“I played for some great teams alongside some great players but my best times were at Everton,” he said. “I absolutely love the club and the fans and I would love to return again one day.”
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