Former Newcastle United academy keeper Paul Woolston forced to retire at 23
Former Newcastle United academy keeper Paul Woolston forced to retire at 23

Former Newcastle United academy keeper Paul Woolston forced to retire at 23

The former Newcastle goalkeeper has announced his retirement from football after unfortunately suffering from multiple-long term injuries.

Paul Woolston joined Newcastle from local rivals Sunderland and made his Under-21s debut at the age of just 15 in March 2014. He then Man United’s under-23 side and appeared for England up to under-18s level.

Former Newcastle United academy keeper Paul Woolston forced to retire at 23
Former Newcastle United academy keeper Paul Woolston forced to retire at 23

Woolston’s growth was boast by loan spells with non-league quartet Gateshead, South Shields, Darlington, and Blyth Spartans and he won the Northumberland Senior Cup and Northern Premier League title during a successful stint with the latter.

Following trial spells with some clubs, he was released by Newcastle at the end of the 2017/18 season and signed by Manchester United.

Woolston signed a one-year extension to his contract at Old Trafford last summer after undergoing two operations on a hip injury.

Man United announced his retirement on social media as fellows

“To have to retire at just 23 has been tough to come to terms with but I feel a lot more positive now,” he explained

“I am really proud of everything that I have achieved, many people dream of playing football at this level. Of course, I would have loved to have gone on further but it has been an absolute honor to represent Manchester United during my time here.

“The support of my family, friends, teammates, coaches, the medical staff, and entire Manchester United Academy has been phenomenal.

“Everyone has played a major part in my journey by keeping my spirits up, allowing me to reflect positively on my playing experiences and begin to look to the future.

The stopper took to Twitter to react to the momentous news, sharing his pride at what he accomplished during his time as a Red Devil.