Derby hero McPake says ‘time for a new chapter’
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.”