Former Saints record breaker Rory Delap retires

Basingstoke Gazette: Rory Delap, far right, has retired from professional football Rory Delap, far right, has retired from professional football

FORMER Saints record-breaker Rory Delap has retired from professional football.

The 37-year-old, renowned for his long throw-ins, moved to League 2 club Burton Albion in July after being released by Saints, but a torn hamstring limited him to only seven appearances.

Burton manager Gary Rowett said: "Rory has been a constant professional since he joined the club in the summer.

"His attitude and work ethic have been a credit to himself and the invaluable knowledge and experience that he has passed onto the rest of the players here at Burton Albion has been priceless."

Rowett added: "He has had a fantastic career and we are honoured here at Burton that he has finished his career with us."

Delap became Saints' most expensive player in the club's history when he signed for £4.1m from Derby County in the summer of 2001.

He held that record for 11 years, until Saints signed Jay Rodriguez in the summer of 2012 from Burnley.

Delap left St Mary's in the huge January 2006 clear-out which followed the arrival of George Burley, joining Sunderland.

He later moved onto Stoke, where he became wel known for launching his huge long throws.

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8:37am Tue 17 Dec 13

Saintsayer II says...

A lot of people when they retire work part time or temp Perhaps he would like the Spurs job as a temp?
A lot of people when they retire work part time or temp Perhaps he would like the Spurs job as a temp? Saintsayer II

9:06am Tue 17 Dec 13

AndyAndrews says...

His famous long throws never seemed to work for Saints, only at Stoke. Enjoy your retirement Rory...
His famous long throws never seemed to work for Saints, only at Stoke. Enjoy your retirement Rory... AndyAndrews

9:28am Tue 17 Dec 13

Beer Monster says...

The throw ins worked reasonably well in tandem with the aerial threat of Peter Crouch, hence why it took off when they both ended up at Stoke together.

Rory had a similar presence to Rickie, working hard on every inch of the field and definitely a team player. Hopefully this won't be the last we hear from him.
The throw ins worked reasonably well in tandem with the aerial threat of Peter Crouch, hence why it took off when they both ended up at Stoke together. Rory had a similar presence to Rickie, working hard on every inch of the field and definitely a team player. Hopefully this won't be the last we hear from him. Beer Monster

9:36am Tue 17 Dec 13

andoru says...

"…moved to League 2 club Burton Albion in July after being released by Saints"

Think you'll find Echo, that he left us quite a few years ago.
"…moved to League 2 club Burton Albion in July after being released by Saints" Think you'll find Echo, that he left us quite a few years ago. andoru

12:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Saintcosser says...

Rory will mostly be remembered for the use of his hands. Strange really considering he was an outfield player.
Rory will mostly be remembered for the use of his hands. Strange really considering he was an outfield player. Saintcosser

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