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08 Dec 2020
© PressEye Aaron Burns celebrates scoring on the opening day of the season
Portadown striker Aaron Burns has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 28.
The news was revealed by his current club, and brings the curtain down a career that was predominently spent with Linfield but also included spells with Coleraine and Ballymena United.
During that time he made almost 250 league appearances, scored in excess of 80 goals and collected four league titles in addition to multiple Irish Cup and County Antrim Shield successes.
Ports boss Matthew Tipton paid tribute to Burns on the official club website.
"Aaron came to me a while back to say he didn’t feel like his body was performing as he wanted it to and added into the fact he’s running very successful businesses outside of football he was thinking about retiring.
"I asked him to take time to think it over but it’s with sadness that he’s decided that his time with football is over.
"I can’t speak highly enough about how Aaron has conducted himself during his period with us and the manner he went about helping all around him was very classy. I wish Aaron every success in everything he does going forward."