Former Institute and Derry City striker, Stephen Parkhouse has today announced his retirement from senior football at the age of 32.
The decision of the much-travelled Waterside man brings to an end a successful career which included spells with Derry City, Glentoran, Coleraine, Limavady United, Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers and Institute.
‘Parky’ played a key role in Institute’s Irish Championship victory last season, scoring eight goals as the Drumahoe men made a welcome return to the top flight, despite suffering from a series of injuries throughout the campaign.
The bustling centre forward announced his decision to retire on his Twitter account this afternoon (Thursday).
“I’ve decided to retire from senior football niggly injuries and don’t feel I could perform to a level that I’d b happy with strange feeling. [sic]
And the striker wished his former club luck as they begin life back in the Premiership next August.
“Id like to wish @Institute_FC all the best in the prem and all the staff and players ive worked with in my career been a pleasure.” [sic]
Parkhouse’s last goal for ‘Stute came in the 3-2 league victory over Ballyclare Comrades on March 29th last.
Stute begin Premiership campaign with trip to Dungannon
Meanwhile Institute Football Club will begin their Irish Premiership campaign with an away trip to Dungannon Swifts in the opening day of the new Danske Bank Premiership season.
Paul Kee’s men, who claimed the Irish Championship title and automatic promotion to the Premiership on a dramatic final day of the season last May, meet Dungannon on Saturday, August 9th.
And on Wednesday, August 13th, ‘Stute will entertain North West rivals, Coleraine at the Riverside Stadium before reigning champions, Cliftonville visit Drumahoe the following Saturday.