Chris Giles: Salisbury City defender announces retirement

Salisbury's Raymond McEnhill stadium

Salisbury City defender Chris Giles has been forced to retire because of persistent injury problems.

The 31-year-old has been with the Whites since January 2010, but has suffered from ankle and knee trouble.

He will now assist new manager Mikey Harris on a short-term basis.

"It's horrible because football is something I've done for the last 12 or 13 years. It's a bit of a shock, as if something has been taken from you," he told BBC Wiltshire.

"I feel the fittest I've ever felt and feel like I've got three or four more years left in me. But from the pain side of things it was a fairly easy decision.

"I'm at peace with my decision and I can look at it rationally. It would be reckless to sacrifice my quality of life."

Giles started his career at Yeovil and went on to have spells with Aldershot, Crawley and Forest Green Rovers before joining Salisbury.

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