TAUNTON Town utility player Brett Trowbridge has retired due to injury, and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Trowbridge, who could play in the centre of defence and midfield, only rejoined the Peacocks this season from Street, but injuries have taken their toll on a player known for his professionalism and composure on the ball.

He started his career at hometown club Bridgwater Town, spending six seasons there, before four years at Weston-super-Mare.

He signed for Taunton in 2014/15, had a stint at Yate Town, and then returned to the Viridor Stadium, captaining the club to the FA Cup first round in the 2016/17 season, and also winning the Somerset Premier Cup.

Trowbridge remained a regular in the side the following season, as the Peacocks won promotion to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division South, before an eye socket injury kept him sidelined for the second half of the campaign.

He moved to Street in the summer, but returned to Taunton – via a couple of games back at Bridgwater – to make several solid performances, until being hit by injury once again.

In total, he made 129 appearances for Taunton, scoring five goals.

Trowbridge told the club website: “Thank you to everyone at Taunton Town but it’s time to call an end to my playing career.

"I have been struggling with injuries for a short while now.

"I also have a young family that I wish to spend more time with and I feel the time is right to call it a day.

"I wish everyone at the club huge success in the future."

Thankfully for Taunton they have several options to play in defence and midfield - Ben Adelsbury, Ryan Brett, Matt Buse, Ollie Chamberlain, Keith Emmerson, Harry Gardner, Lewis Hall, Josh Nelmes, Ed Palmer and Shane White all being versatile operators.