DAVID UNSWORTH has announced his retirement after recently agreeing the early termination of his Town contract.
The 35-year-old defender was signed by former manager Stan Ternent at the start of this season, but made only five appearances.
With the last of them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Darlington in October, he failed to feature under current manager Lee Clark.
Chorley-based Unsworth, below, also played for Everton, in two spells, West Ham, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Ipswich, Sheffield United, Wigan and Burnley.
Unsworth, who has one England cap, now plans to complete his coaching badges.
“I’ve had a great time but it’s the right time now for me to concentrate on something else,” he told Everton’s official website.
“I am doing my coaching badges and my intention is to move into that side of the game.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying the coaching side and am keen to really get started, which is the main reason for hanging my boots up.
“I played for some great teams alongside some great players, but my best times were at Everton.
“I absolutely love the club and the fans and I would love to return again one day.”
Unsworth won the 1995 FA Cup with Everton and made his England appearance against Japan the same year.