FORMER Guiseley and Bradford (Park Avenue) star Danny Lowe has retired from football at the age of 37.

The defender is best remembered for a successful four-year spell with Guiseley, where he was integral to many a clean sheet.

But perhaps his greatest moment in a Lions shirt came back in April 2017. when he scored a late equaliser at home to Solihull to preserve Guiseley's National League status, with York relegated at their expense.

Lowe then moved to Avenue, where he was part of the side under Mark Bower that reached the National League North play-offs for a second successive year.

He had previously played for Halifax Town before joining Guiseley, while he also had a spell at Liversedge.

Announcing his retirement, Lowe said: "Toughest decision I've made in my life but I feel the time is right for me to call it a day and hang up the football boots.

"I have had such an amazing career and met some amazing people along the way and made memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

"My team-mates, I can't speak highly enough of, and a lot of them I have bonds and friendships with that will last a lifetime.

"I have been lucky enough to play for and captain some amazing clubs along the way and had many successful campaigns and promotions to celebrate.

"Thank you to the fans at Liversedge, Harrogate Railway, Harrogate Town, Halifax Town, Guiseley, Bradford (Park Avenue), Scarborough Athletic, and finally Emley, for the support you showed to myself and my family.

"I also want to thank my family, particularly my nan, my wife and (daughter) Isla. They have shown me support, without which I wouldn't have been able to enjoy my time in football as much as I have done.

"They have made some big sacrifices and I'm truly grateful. It is one of the reasons I have come to this decision.

"Isla has got a talent in gymnastics and is now training for competitions.

"Even though I'm still capable of playing at a decent level, I think it's only fair I dedicate my time now to be there on weeknights and weekends for her training, and be available for when she has competitions, so I can give her my full support and love.

"Thanks again, it's been a good ride and I have loved every minute."