David Cotterill retires: ‘Winning the league with Doncaster was a highlight’

David Cotterill
David Cotterill

David Cotterill says winning League One with Doncaster Rovers was one of the highlights of his career.

The 30-year-old winger announced his retirement from the professional game yesterday.

He was instrumental in Rovers’ title triumph in 2013, which was sealed in dramatic fashion at Brentford on the final day of the season.

He also played for Bristol City, Wigan Athletic, Sheffield United, Swansea City, Portsmouth, Barnsley, Birmingham City and Indian Super League club ATK.

Cotterill, who won 24 caps for Wales, recently opened up about his battle with depression throughout his career.

He said in statement: “The time feels right for me to hang up my boots after 14 years of playing professional football.

“I have loved living out my childhood dream but now it is time to start a new chapter in my life, one that will be devoted to helping others.

“I would like to thank my wonderful wife Tanika and three beautiful children Kingston, Sydney and Vogue for their undying love and support. I want to thank my parents for their unbelievable dedication since day one, traveling the country to help me live out my dream. 

“I want to say a special thank you to Brian Tinnion for my professional debut at Bristol City and the club academy and coaching which provided an incredible start to my career. I’d like to thank the Welsh National team for presenting me with career-defining opportunities such as the Euros 2016 - one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of my life. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my years with all of my previous clubs, particularly winning the league with Doncaster and my time at Birmingham City which was one of my longest stints at a club.

“Lastly, I’d like to thank my close friends, family and the fans for their undivided support and encouragement throughout my football career.”