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Yeovil midfielder Darren Way announces retirement

Darren Way
Plymouth-born Way has had three spells at Yeovil

Yeovil midfielder Darren Way has retired from playing 13 months after suffering a car crash and will join the club's technical coaching staff.

The 30-year-old, who played 274 times during three spells for the club, has not played since he was hurt in a serious car crash in December 2008.

"It's not been an easy decision and it's not been taken lightly," the ex-Swansea player told BBC Somerset.

"It's not easy to accept when it was no fault of my own."

Way was not at the wheel when a 4x4 he was in overturned near the town, leaving him with injuries which included a broken femur and broken hip.

After a protracted spell in a wheelchair, he fought his way back to full mobility, but his appearances have been limited to a last minute run-on at manager Terry Skiverton's testimonial.

"You are given challenges in life. I have two kids and a wife to support and I have to battle and do whatever it takes to provide for their comfort," said Way.

Yeovil chief executive Martyn Starnes said: "Darren has iconic status at the club.

"What happened was devastating to him and his family and we have tried to support him as much as we could."

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