Wolves skipper Peniston hangs up his boots
Former Bermuda international Jared Peniston has announced his retirement from football at the age of 30.
The Wolves skipper made his decision before the final weekend of league action after helping his side secure their Digicel Premier Division status.
Peniston, who previously played for North Village and Dandy Town, said quitting the game would enable him to spend more time with his young family.
“I did my job for Wolves,” said Peniston, who also represented Bermuda Hogges. “I helped bring them up and helped to keep them up.
“Along with personal matters, retiring will allow me to spend more time with my son.”
The veteran midfielder points to his time at Wolves, boyhood club, as the happiest times of his career.
“Winning the league with Dandy Town was great and is high on my list of achievements, but bringing my childhood team up to the Premier Division is the proudest thing I have accomplished.
“I think I have a fairly decent career, winning every trophy but the Friendship Trophy.
“Representing your country is always an honour and the Bermuda Hogges.
“I was hoping to represent Bermuda one last time this summer in the Island Games, but I feel it’s the right time to retire.”
Peniston now hopes the next generation of young players can draw inspiration from the professionals such as Nahki Wells and Reggie Lambe.
“I think if youngsters take the game seriously and try to follow Nahki Wells, Reggie Lambe and Freddie Hall's footsteps the game can improve tremendously,” he said.
“When you look at players like John Barry Nusum, Kyle Lightbourne, Shaun Goater, players who played professionally and then came back to help the game domestically, it’s vital for this to happen and put a different outlook on how we approach the game.
“They have shown many players, including myself, in recent years that you have to be fully committed to the game and the team format to be successful and hopefully the younger players take their knowledge and use it.
“I will just say this to them, take the game serious in all areas, including training properly, eating right, and live the game of football.
“Bermudians need to push the youngsters as well so their dreams might just come true, and support them, not hinder their progress due to personal or club politics as has previously happened to players.”
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