Former Hamilton Accies star and Aberdeen goalkeeper Tomás Cerný has announced his retirement at the age of 35 due to injury.
The Czech goalkeeper, who spent five years at Accies between 2007-2012, has been with the Dons since 2018 but a knee injury has forced him to call time on his career, which also included spells at Partick Thistle and Hibernian.
Cerný will now hang up his gloves after 20 years in the game to pursue a career in education, revealing he will stay in Scotland and start a postgraduate course in the summer to become a PE teacher.
In a statement on the Aberdeen website, Cerný said: "My career comes to an end. It is not the way I planned it, but my knee injury means I'm not able to take part in regular training and matches, and the Club needs a goalkeeper now. Given the current situation I feel it is the right time to retire and focus on the future.
"I'd like to say a massive thank you to the manager for bringing me up to Aberdeen and to Gordon Marshall, a brilliant goalkeeping coach and person. © Getty Images
"To all my teammates who have been fantastic with me, all the staff at Pittodrie and Cormack Park that I've been in contact with regularly and the fans who have been brilliant with me.
"I'll forever be grateful for the opportunity to be part of this amazing football club.
"I'd have liked to play a few more games for Aberdeen, but it is credit to Joe Lewis, he has been terrific, very consistent and producing great performances week in week out.
"Over the past two and half years at the club I've made some fantastic memories that will stay with me forever and more importantly established friendships that I hope will continue to thrive. © SNS Group 0141 221 3602Cerný with Accies squad in 2007
"Looking back at my 20 years in professional football, I'm very happy and grateful for what I have achieved.
"Growing up in a small town in the Czech Republic I never imagined I'd end up playing top-flight football in four different countries and rack up over 400 games in professional football as well as being involved in Czech national teams at various levels and taking part in two European Championships, at U19 and U21 level.
"I'm excited about my next chapter in my life which is becoming a PE teacher. © SNS GroupCeltic's Moussa Dembele (left) with Partick's Tomas Cerny
"I will start my postgraduate teaching training in August and I'm planning to teach in the North-east of Scotland where I'm now very settled with my family and hoping to have a positive influence on the lives of young people.
"I'm also excited at the prospect of helping to develop young goalkeepers at Aberdeen FC in the future and giving something back to the club and wider community.
"I wish the club, the manager, players, and staff success for the rest of the season and in the future.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Pittodrie to watch the team when this is possible again."
Dons boss Derek McInnes said: "Since his arrival, Tomas has been a model professional and his love for the Club is clear for all to see.
"It's pleasing to hear Tomas and his family will remain in the area, and hopefully in the future the Club, and our young, developing goalkeepers, can benefit from his experience.
"Given his deep affection for AFC I know he won't be a stranger."
Cerný won the First Division title with Accies in the 2007/08 season and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers ever to play for the South Lanarkshire side.
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