Ryan Shawcross has announced his retirement from professional football after agreeing to terminate his contract with Inter Miami.
The 34-year-old has brought the curtain down on a 16-year career, having struggled with injury niggles throughout his time in Miami, where he made just 12 appearances.
“After having the fortune of enjoying a 16-year playing career, being a part of top organizations of the likes of Inter Miami, Stoke City and Manchester United, I would like to announce my retirement from professional football," Shawcross said confirming his decision.
"Despite stepping out of my playing career due to injury, my passion for the game is still intact, and after having secured my coaching licenses, I am looking forward to pursuing a career in coaching.
“I would like to thank Chris Henderson, Phil Neville and the whole Inter Miami CF organization and fan base for the opportunity they’ve provided me to come here - I’ve really enjoyed the experience and being a part of this incredible project.
"I would also like to thank the Stoke City fans for their support, and last but not least, thank my wife and my kids for being a pillar throughout my life. I’m really looking forward to what’s coming next as I pursue a career in coaching."
Inter Miami's Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson added: “The club would like to congratulate Ryan for his accomplished career and for his time at Inter Miami CF as a player.
:Despite injuries preventing us from getting the best of Ryan on the pitch, he has significantly contributed to the club off of it. We wish him the best in his next step as a coach.
Shawcross joined Inter Miami last February after playing over 400 matches for Stoke City, for whom he was captain for a decade. He first joined the club in August 2007, on loan from Manchester United, before making the move permanent five months later.
He scored seven times during that first season, helping the club achieve promotion to the Premier League for the first time, before Stoke established themselves as a top-flight club for the next decade. Shawcross was an integral part to their success, swiftly earning the captain's armband before going to make 317 appearances at Premier League level.
He also spent time on loan at Royal Antwerp during the early years of his career, having graduated from Manchester United's academy.