Captain's Log: Time out for skipper

Published: 25 Apr 2012 13:000 comments

By Stuart McCaffrey

I have been mulling over what to do about my injury for the last few weeks and have been clinging to the hope that one morning I would wake up and my first few steps of the day would be pain-free.

Truth be told my foot is not getting any better.

I have been trying to focus on other things in the hope that my condition would get better if I just stopped worrying about it.

It's just not happening. Maybe my body is trying to tell me something.

Like most people I hate making the wrong decisions so I have been discussing what to do with my family and close friends within the game.

I have decided to take some time out from the game as an alternative to announcing my retirement from playing.

It is difficult to retire from something you have spent your entire life doing.

Football is in my blood and even if I miss all of next season I will still only be 34.

My dad keeps telling me that David Weir was at his peak at that age so maybe there is hope for me yet.

If I don't make it back then I will have to make do with all the good memories I have from my time as a player with Hibernian, Aberdeen, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, St Johnstone, and last but not least, Greenock Morton.

My senior debut for Hibs is something I will never forget.

I was 17 and in my first year as an apprentice when Jim Duffy, the manager at that time, called me into his office to tell me I was starting the next evening against my boyhood heroes Celtic at Parkhead in a Scottish Cup replay.

Although we lost the match 2-0 due to goals from the late Phil O'Donnell and Paolo Di Canio it was one of the best days of my life.

Other games that stick out would have to be beating Martin O'Neill's Celtic 1-0 in the cup with Inverness and without a doubt both title-winning games with Inverness and St Johnstone respectively.

Maybe the one with Caley was the more sweeter as it came on the final day of the season.

Although this year has been a bit of a disaster for me personally, I am still very proud of the fact in the two seasons I have been a Morton player I have captained the club on 50 occasions.

I am not sure as yet what the future holds for me at Cappielow after the next two weeks, but I would like to thank everyone at the club for all of their support and for all the great memories.

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