Derby hero McPake says ‘time for a new chap­ter’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

JAMES McPake has ad­mit­ted de­feat in his bat­tle to re­turn from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury, Dundee have an­nounced.

The 33-year-old, who net­ted a fa­mous late equaliser at Tan­nadice in Au­gust 2015, will take up a role as head of the Dundee academy’s pro­fes­sional pro­gramme af­ter a long strug­gle to over­come an in­jury he suf­fered in an­other city derby.

The for­mer Liv­ingston, Coven­try and Hiber­nian de­fender suf­fered a frac­tured kneecap try­ing to block a shot from John Rankin against Dundee United on Jan­uary 2, 2016, and has not played for the first team since, de­spite at­tempted come­backs with the U/20s.

A club state­ment read: “What fol­lowed was an in­cred­i­ble show of men­tal and phys­i­cal strength as James and the club did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to get the de­fender back out on the park.

“Long days were spent in the gym and out on the train­ing pitch as he bat­tled to re­turn to fit­ness.

“While at­tempt­ing to re­cover from the in­jury, McPake took on coach­ing du­ties at Dens and de­spite be­ing close to a come­back a num­ber of times, he has now de­cided to call it a day.

“A pop­u­lar player both in the stands and the dress­ing-room, James McPake will al­ways be held in high re­gard by the Dundee sup­port for com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion, lead­er­ship and giv­ing 100% ev­ery time he pulled on the Dark Blue shirt and they will also be grate­ful for some won­der­ful mem­o­ries and those goals against United. A true ‘Dark Blue Derby Hero’.”

McPake wrote on Twit­ter: “I’ve gave it a right go and had some great times.

“Time for a new chap­ter.”

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