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Bostik Premier: Gary McCann hails retiring Hendon defender Elliott Brathwaite

PUBLISHED: 15:58 05 October 2017

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Hendon boss Gary McCann (pic DBeechPhotography)

Gary McCann oversee's his 700th game in charge of Hendon FC

Greens boss hopes to convince experienced ace to remain part of the club in some capacity

On Monday Hendon confirmed the news Elliott Brathwaite would be retiring and boss Gary McCann has paid tribute to the defender.

The popular ace has been advised to hang up his boots with immediate effect after undergoing surgery last month on his knee.

A meeting with his surgeon saw the former Wycombe Wanderers trainee make the decision to call time on his playing career.

Brathwaite first moved to Hendon in the summer of 2011 from Hampton & Richmond Borough and made 97 appearances for the club.

The defender scored four times and played a crucial role in the memorable 2014/15 campaign where the Greens won League Cup and London Senior Cup.

Boss McCann expressed his disappointment at the news, but explained how he’ll look to keep the defender involved at the club.

He added: “I was a similar age to ‘Els’ when I suffered my injuries so I know how difficult his heartfelt decision will have been.

“He was a huge part of my most successful squad so far, and will be hugely missed on the playing front. But we have left the door open for ‘Els’ to stay connected with the club.

“It’s not the end in non league football unless he wants it to be. I hope he stays involved. All the best to him.”

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