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Former Oxford United defender Batt retires
6:31pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
DAMIAN Batt has opted to hang up his boots in what the former Oxford United full back described as “the hardest decision of my life”.
The 28-year-old was released by the U’s in May after 177 appearances, including the Conference play-off final victory at Wembley in 2010.
Batt had a trial at Vancouver Whitecaps in July, but left without a deal and the former Barnet and Stevenage defender has now chosen to stop playing professionally.
He tweeted: "After turning down some fantastic opportunities and offers I have had to make the hardest decision of my life and retire from full time professional football.
"I appreciate all the messages I have received and I understand people wanted to know where I was signing.
“But I am looking forward to the future and focusing on my businesses.
"It's been a great journey and now I'm on to the next journey!
“Thanks again for all the support over the years.”
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