Barker forced to retire.

Last updated : 28 May 2009 By Bigrich.....
Medics told Barker who is 34 tomorrow that he could risk a permanent injury if he kept on playing, so he has decided to retire from playing and had his contract with the Millers terminated.

Paul Douglas, the Millers chief operating officer told todays 'Tiser; "Richie had a very rare knee condition. He had a medical when he arrived and he passed it but his complaint was very unusual. It was a wear and tear injury around the knee joint and it manifested itself very quickly in terms of damage."

"The surgeon advised him that he risked permanent damage if he tried to get back to the level of fitness required of a professional footballer so, with regret, Richie has had to call it a day. It's a shame and as a club we would like to say how disappointed we are. Richie gave years of good service to
Rotherham United and was a good pro."

"If he had stayed fit, he would have been a real asset to us but that is not to be now."

"Richie will continue in the game in some capacity. He's got some of his coaching badges and he's been working at Sheffield United. We wish him all the best." Douglas added.

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