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Lockhart decides to call it a day

Darren Lockhart scored for Crusaders
Darren Lockhart enjoyed two spells with Crusaders

Crusaders midfielder Darren Lockhart has decided to retire from football at the age of 34.

Lockhart informed his team-mates of his decision after Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Linfield at Seaview, having told manager Stephen Baxter a month ago.

The player won two league championships and three Irish Cup medals during a distinguished spell at Glentoran.

"The rigours of Irish League football were taking their toll and I can't go on for ever," he told the News Letter.

Lockhart scored his final goal for the Crues in a 1-0 win over north Belfast neighbours Cliftonville last week.

see also
Crusaders 0-3 Linfield
26 Apr 08 |  Irish
Cliftonville 0-1 Crusaders
22 Apr 08 |  Irish

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