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Defender Matt Fry leaves club

26th September 2017

Defender Matt Fry's contract with York City has today been cancelled by mutual consent.

The former West Ham United, Charlton Athletic, and Bradford City player is quitting full-time football on medical advice to concentrate on a career outside the game.

He still hopes to play part-time but says his body can no longer cope with the demands of full-time professional football following a string of knee operations.

Fry, 27 today, joined the Minstermen two summers ago and made 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals. He made his last appearance for the club against Dover Athletic eight months ago.

"It's a difficult decision but, following discussions with a specialist after my latest knee operation, I have been advised that full-time football is no longer best for me," Fry told the official club website. "I have tried getting back into training this season but the knee has just not felt right.

"To watch the end of last season and not be able to contribute was hugely disappointing for me," he reflected. "I gave up a job in accountancy when City came calling two summers ago because I felt it was a fantastic opportunity. I moved four hours away from my home in Kent but it was a sacrifice I was willing to take because of the size of this club.

"I viewed it as my 'last chance' in professional football and I still felt I had five or six seasons to progress. But unfortunately, although I have given it everything, it hasn't worked out due to the injury.

"I have had seven operations in my career and the specialist says I might only have two or three more years in full time football. At some stage, you have to say the body has been through enough.

"My wife and I are planning a family in the near future and I don't want to be in a position where I can't have a kick-around in the park with my son. So it is the right decision for my family.

"Now I need to focus on a job outside football because that is what is going to pay the bills beyond the age of 30. I am training to be an investment manager but I still feel I have something to offer at part-time level which will be less stressful on my body."

Fry, who started his career at West Ham and also played on loan for Gillingham, says his appearance for Charlton against Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup third round tie at White Hart Lane in 2011 was the highlight of his professional career.

Although the Addicks lost 3-0 against the Premiership side, it gave him an opportunity to pit his wits against high-profile international stars including Luca Modric, Jermaine Defoe, Andros Townsend, and Roman Pavluychenko.

He played 32 games in League One for the Addicks before signing for Phil Parkinson at Bradford City. Unfortunately, his time at Valley Parade was halted by injury and he subsequently dropped out of the Football League, playing for Concord Rangers, Dartford, Eastleigh, Chelmsford City, and Braintree before signing a two year deal at Bootham Crescent in June 2016.

"I am disappointed I didn't really get to show the York fans what I could offer," he added. "There has been a big turn-around at the club over the last 12 months but I have made friends with a lot of the boys. I wish the players and management all the best and hope they get promoted this season - before going even further next season!"

 

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