After 17 years as a professional footballer Darren Potter has announced that he is retiring.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder made over 500 career appearances for Liverpool, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves, MK Dons, Rotherham and Tranmere.
A product of the Liverpool academy Darren made his senior debut for Liverpool on 10 August 2004 and remained at the club until 2007, the same year that he made his international debut against Ecuador. During those years he was involved in Liverpool's run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final and had two loan moves to Southampton & Wolverhampton Wanderers before permanently signing for the latter where he made 66 appearances.
In 2009 Darren spent the season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday before signing for the owls where he would remain at the club until 2011 making a total of 104 appearances and notably scoring in the 2010 Steel City derby.
Aged 26 Darren joined Mk Dons and made an immediate impact, after his first season at the club he was named in the PFA Team of the Year, MK Dons Player of the Year & Players Player of the Year. Not only was Darren part of MK Dons’ best ever Emirates FA Cup Campaign he also achieved automatic promotion to the Championship in the 14/15 season.
After 263 appearances, Darren left Stadium MK in 2017 and joined Rotherham United. Unfortunately, an Achilles injury in December, which required surgery, kept Darren off the pitch until he eventually left the club to join Tranmere Rovers in 2019. At the end of the 19/20 season, Darren made the difficult decision to retire from professional football.
Looking to continue his career in elite football, Darren has taken a part-time coaching role at Port Vale within the academy.
Everyone at MK Dons would like to congratulate Darren on such an established playing career.