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Stoke City: Ex-captain Ryan Shawcross makes time for his 16-year playing career and follows coaching

Former Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross is making time for his 16-year playing career and is taking up coaching after suffering a season-ending back injury at Inter Miami in August.

  • Ex-Stoke captain and defender Ryan Shawcross has announced his retirement
  • He played over 400 games for Stoke after joining them in 2008
  • The 34-year-old suffered a back injury while playing for David Beckham’s Inter Miami
  • The central defender will pursue a career as a coach after he obtains his licenses



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Former Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has announced his retirement.

The 34-year-old suffered a back injury in August that ended the season when he played for David Beckham’s Inter Miami and has decided to take some time off from his 16-year career.

“Despite having to retire from my playing career due to injury, my passion for the game is still intact, and having obtained my coaching licenses, I am looking forward to pursuing a career in coaching.”

Former Stoke captain and defender Ryan Shawcross (pictured) has announced his retirement

Former Stoke captain and defender Ryan Shawcross (pictured) has announced his retirement

Shawcross, who made over 400 appearances for Stoke after joining Manchester United in January 2008 from a previous loan spell, told intermiamifc.com.

“I want to thank the entire Inter Miami CF organization and fan base for the opportunity they gave me to come here, I also want to thank the Stoke City fans for their support.

“Last but not least, thank my wife and children for being a pillar of my life.”

The 34-year-old made over 400 appearances for Stoke after joining in January 2008

The 34-year-old made over 400 appearances for Stoke after joining in January 2008

The 34-year-old made over 400 appearances for Stoke after joining in January 2008

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