• Andy Moore

McCue to Retire after Final Game

Derby County Women midfielder Sherry McCue will retire from the game after this afternoon's final game of the season against Sheffield FC Women in the FA Women’s National League.

The Ewe Rams star is stepping away from the game after a career that has taken in teams including WSL sides Aston Villa and Leicester City, as well as proudly representing her country as captain in the 2014 England U20 World Cup.

Despite her relatively young age, she steps away from the game and is looking forward to moving towards the next chapter in her life.

McCue said “I feel that now is the right time to step away from the game, over the last couple of seasons, its not always been easy to juggle work/life commitments with the increased commitments on the field and something has had to give.

“Football has given me a great life, I’ve played with and against lots of very talented players and I hope they have enjoyed playing with and against me too, I always relished the battles on the pitch and its one aspect of the game that I’ll miss.

“To captain your country at any level is a dream but to do it at the U20 World Cup with the talent that we had and with many of them having successful careers, is a proud moment for me and my family and something I’ll always look back on with pride.

“I’d like to thank all my clubs that I’ve been apart of, I always gave 100% on the field and I’ve made so many friends for life and I’m sure I’ll stay connected with the game in some way.

“To everyone at Derby County Women, its been an absolute pleasure. This is a club that has taken me in as one of their own, the whole place is filled with good people, whether that be those on the pitch or those I’ve shared a drink with in the bar.

“They deserve to go forwards as a club and I’ll be cheering them on from the sidelines now. I want to say a massive thank you in particular to Sam and Bart and the likes of Duncan the his team off the field too. Up the #EweRams!.”

Derby County Women's Boss Sam Griffiths paid tribute to McCue who will play her 50th game for the club, having scored 3 goals with the gaffer paying tribute to the popular midfielder

Griffiths said "Where do I start with this one… when I signed Shez 3 seasons ago I knew I was signing a player that would give everything on the pitch. Someone once described her as being the Paul Gascoigne of womens football and she absolutely is!

"To get the best out of her you need to get to know her and understand her and I’d like to think I did this over the past 3 seasons. She’s certainly challenged myself as a manager and helped me grow into this role and I have nothing but respect for her, retiring too early but I respect her decision.

"Shez is such an infectious character and I believe she has given everything Over the past 3 seasons to help the club try and achieve its ambitions. I would like to wish Shez and Blake all the best for their future together and for Shez personally in whatever her next challenge is and I know she will smash it!"

Thank You Shez!

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