CARMARTHEN Town midfielder Danny Thomas has decided to retire from Welsh Premier League football to join the Cardiff City Academy as coach to their Under-10 players.
A Wales Under-17 and Under-19 international who was a professional at Cardiff for three years, making his league debut in a 1-0 home defeat against Preston North End, Thomas signed for Carmarthen on his release from Ninian Park.
He became the club's leading scorer in five years at Richmond Park but the highlight was scoring twice in thye Old Gold's 5-1 win over Eircom League side Longford Town in the Uefa Cup.
After a move to local rivals Haverfordwest County in May 2010, Thomas spent some time with Welsh Leaguers Bridgend Town, returning to Carmarthen in June of this year.
He has scored 59 goals from 140 (+46) appearances in the domestic league.
"The Under-10s have training on a Wednesday evening and also they play on a Saturday morning," says Thomas.
"This means that I would not be able to get to Carmarthen for training nor could I play in any away matches. T"herefore it is with regret that I am going to have to retire from WPL football.
"After I have settled in at the Academy I might look at playing for a Cardiff-based Welsh League side but that is in the future."