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Waterhouse veteran McCallum retires

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
McCallum in action during a Reggae Boyz training session in 2012.
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Experienced campaigner Richard 'Spoon' McCallum has retired as goalkeeper of Red Stripe Premier League club Waterhouse FC.

He is now acting general secretary at the Drewsland-based club.

"I have retired because of personal reasons, to pursue a bachelors degree in production and operation," said McCallum, who stood between the sticks at Waterhouse for 12 years, during an interview with The Gleaner yesterday.

"The club was notified two months ago, and it is effective as at December 31, 2015," he added.

McCallum was approached to take up a position as general secretary, at the club because Felix Porter has vacated the post due to health reasons.

"The club (Waterhouse) approached me to be acting general secretary, and I duly accepted the post," McCallum informed.

He said the players in the senior team at the club expressed regrets with him leaving at this time.

"I spoke to the players, and some have expressed regrets and want me to delay the decision, but I have to think about life after football. I can't continue to focus on goalkeeping and school at the same time," McCallum said.

McCallum also represented Invaders FC for one year and Seba (now Montego Bay United) for three years, before journeying from St James to St Andrew.

He made his international debut for Jamaica in 2006, and also represented the country at the Under-17, Under-20 and Under-23 levels.