The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ADAM Bar­rett says he has been over­whelmed by the mes­sages of sup­port af­ter he de­cided to hang up his boots this week.

The Southend cen­tre­back, 37, called time on his 19-year ca­reer – fea­tur­ing al­most 650 games – in which he be­came a firm fan-favourite ev­ery­where he played.

“Since it came out I would be re­tir­ing, my phone has been non-stop with mes­sages and calls, and I’ve found it quite over­whelm­ing,” he said.

“I’m a bit of a di­nosaur, so I’m not on Twit­ter but a few peo­ple have been telling me what’s been said on there as well. I re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

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