Bournemouth defender Rhoys Wiggins has been forced to retire from professional football following a two-year battle with injury.
“I’m really sad for Rhoys,” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the club’s official website. “Whenever a career ends prematurely it is always a sad moment.
“Rhoys has played a really important role in our recent history. When we were fighting to stay in the Football League, he signed on loan for us from Crystal Palace and was excellent.
“He played a big part in that season, which was a key turning point in the club’s history, and then came back to the club permanently and did really well.
“I always rated him really highly as a player, both for us and when he lined up against us,” he added.
“The really sad thing is that he ended up getting a couple of really serious injuries that unfortunately meant he never got to play in his latest spell for us and never got to play in the Premier League.”
Wiggins has had three separate spells with the Cherries throughout his career, the first of which came during a loan spell on the south coast in 2010.
His move was made permanent soon after and despite leaving the club after just one year, the left back returned to Dean Court in 2016 – signing a two-year contract with the club.