Altrincham`s Alan Goodall has decided to retire after being diagnosed with a long-term injury from which it would take him a year to recover.
The 35-year-old has had an eventful season at the J Davidson Stadium, suffering relegation from the Vanarama National League North after joining the club from Morecambe at the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
He was immediately installed as captain by manager Neil Young and, later, with Shaun Densmore and Jake Moult he also experienced a brief spell as joint caretaker-manager before the appointment of Jim Harvey.
Formerly a midfielder, Goodall moved to play regularly at centre-back before a sending off, away to Worcester City in game sixteen of the season, followed by injuries, meant that he was only to start one more league match, at Stockport County.
The second half of the league season saw him make only four appearances, all from the bench.
In all he made twenty-six appearances for Altrincham and the club have wished him success in whichever direction his career may now take him.