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Sean Thornton retires from football

Drogheda United midfielder Sean Thornton has today confirmed his retirement from professional football with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old returned home to his local club in 2015 where he made 73 appearances for Drogheda, scoring 14 goals.

Sean began his career across the water with Tranmere Rovers where he would make 11 appearances before moving to soon-to-be promoted Sunderland in 2002.

His debut for the Wearsiders came against Bolton Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2003 but he was unable to stop Sunderland’s relegation to the First Division.

Sean joined Doncaster Rovers in 2005 where he would spend two seasons, making 77 appearances before moving to Leyton Orient. He scored a long-range free-kick on his debut for the O’s where he would become a key player across his three-year stay.

In 2011, Sean moved to Wales where he had spells with Aberystwyth Town, Conwy Borough and Bala Town before returning home in 2015 to play for Drogheda.

Despite the club’s relegation that season, Sean re-signed the following year and he made a crucial contribution to the Boynesiders’ dramatic promotion push, scoring the decisive penalty in their 3-2 aggregate play-off win over Wexford Youths.

His final appearance for Drogheda came in the 2-0 home defeat to Finn Harps a fortnight ago.

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