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Huws Announces Retirement
Monday, 18th Dec 2023 10:05

Former Blues midfielder Emyr Huws has announced his playing retirement, aged 30.

Wales international Huws joined the Blues on loan from Cardiff City in January 2017, scoring three goals in 13 appearances in an impressive spell which led to a permanent switch that summer.

However, injury limited his involvement over the next four years - most significantly a knee problem suffered in December 2017 which required surgery and kept him out until pre-season ahead of 2019/20 - and by the time he was released by Paul Cook along with many of his teammates in May 2021, he had made only 30 more starts and 12 sub appearances, scoring twice more.

The one-time Manchester City youngster joined Colchester United after leaving the Blues and spent 18 months with the U’s before his release last summer with injury again reducing his availability.

Huws, who also played for Northampton, Wigan, Birmingham and Huddersfield, has been without a club ever since.

Internationally, the Llanelli-born schemer won 11 full caps, scoring once, as well as representing his country at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

“Whilst writing this message, I never thought I’d be writing it shortly after my 30th birthday,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Those of you that know me will know that this journey within football has been my life since I was six years old.

“The time has now come to enter a new stage in my life. This journey has taught me many extraordinary things.

“I remember when I was young, the certainty I had that I was going to be a footballer was powerful and with all the obstacles thrown at me, I achieved that dream.

“God only knows how much support I’ve needed through this journey and I’m blessed to have had immense support with me all of the way even in the bleakest of times.

“With their help and determination, I always found a way. Thank you all of you, you know who you are and I love you.

“I’ve come to the realisation through many tough lessons that this path is no longer meant for me and I am meant for something else.

“My deepest gratitude to everyone involved in my journey and thank you all for helping me to become the man I am today.

“My time playing the game is at an end but I am not done yet, my mission is to use all of my experience and wisdom to help inspire and empower as many people as possible. Thank you everyone and I hope you all chase your dreams in this short life.”

Huws already has some interests outside football, having set up the Harmonious Society fashion label along with his Town skipper Luke Chambers.

Photo: Matchday Images

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ShropshireBluenago09 added 10:21 - Dec 18
Quality on his day and injury free. Alway remember that goal v Villa away.

RedWhiteAndBLUE added 12:33 - Dec 18
Especially remember a goal he scored against Newcastle. All the best Emyr.

Pendejo added 12:34 - Dec 18
Imagine a fit Huws in this squad.and

Younger than Morsy and Massimo, goal threat.

Sospiri added 17:57 - Dec 18
He had so much potential. So sad that repeated injuries ruined his career. I dont think human knees are really made to play football.

Marcus added 10:25 - Dec 19
I can see him going into coaching at some level or leadership away from football. He's always come across as that type. Injuries shorten far too many talented careers, however, he's gone much further than many. Now it takes a different type of resilience to progress.

Radlett_blue added 10:44 - Dec 19
Unfortunately, our gamble on Huws after an impressive and largely injury free loan spell didn't pay off. You never know - we let McGoldrick go, partly because of his injury record & he's been relatively injury free since & is still knocking them in for Notts County aged 36.

Linkboy13 added 11:22 - Dec 19
At 30 year's old should now be at his peak and a top championship player. Don't think he was ever one hundred percent fit while at Ipswich. David Mcgoldrick's family couldn't settle in Ipswich and lived up in the Midlands which must have been a massive burden on him and he proved what a great talent he was by playing regularly in the premier league with Sheffield United.

peewee added 14:13 - Dec 20
I swear that mcgoldrick didn't want to play for us by the end. He was only fit while internationals and transfer window was open. He was sulking that we didn't sell him to Leicester

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