FORMER Conwy Borough FC star Jack Roberts has announced his retirement following a serious knee injury.

The talented winger confirmed the news on Saturday, July 27 on social media site Twitter, ending a long and gruelling attempt to get back playing at a competitive level.

Roberts tore his cruciate ligament playing for Rhyl in a friendly against Liverpool U23s back in 2017, and following a frustrating few months, went under the knife last year.

He was braced for a first ever season in the JD Welsh Premier League after Lilywhites manager Niall McGuinness snapped him up a few short weeks before the injury, and he re-joined his hometown Tangerines' following a strenuous rehabilitation process and training regime.

Unfortunately for the youngster, he was unable to rid himself of the pain that comes with an injury of this magnitude and has taken the decision to step away from the game and avoid risk of further complications down the line.

His statement, read: “Unfortunately after an ACL injury during the Rhyl and Liverpool U23 game the boots have been hung up.

“I would like to thank all at the club, best wishes in the upcoming season and also former club Conwy Borough FC.”

Roberts was widely regarded as one of the most promising young players anywhere in the region before the injury, and he also received international recognition with the Welsh Colleges squad, receiving his cap from French World Cup winner and Arsenal invincible Thierry Henry.

“The advice that I could give anyone that’s going through an ACL injury is to not give up, the wait may be long but it’s repairable and with plenty of hard work you will be able to return,” added Roberts.