GARETH EVANS will wave a sad farewell to football on Tuesday.
The former Town left-back is guest of honour when Peter Jackson's side visit his current club Blackpool (7.45).
The 24-year-old - who played in Town's losing play-off side of 2002 under Lou Macari - has been forced to retire from the game because of knee problems and is planning to take up an IT course.
"It won't be the same as playing football, but the surgeon had told me that if I tried to keep playing I would need a knee replacement by the time I'm 35," said Evans.
"At the end of the day I have to face the facts and that is that I can't be a footballer any more."
Evans started at Leeds and he played 41 times for Town.
"If it's possible for a testimonial or a money-raising fixture to be arranged then it would be absolutely great but it is not down to me," he added.
"I've heard it being mentioned and if it comes off then brilliant."
Meanwhile, supporters of both clubs can show their appreciation on Tuesday
"I will definitely take that invite up," confirmed Evans. "It will be great to see all the lads again. I didn't even go on the Christmas do with them because I'd just found out I couldn't play again and I was too down.
"It's nice that it is against Huddersfield because I had one good year there as well."