Ex-PNE midfielder McKenna hangs up his boots

Paul McKenna in action for Bamber Bridge
Paul McKenna in action for Bamber Bridge
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Former Preston North End midfielder Paul McKenna has left Bamber Bridge and hung up his boots.

McKenna, 38, joined Brig early last season after more than a year out of the game.

He put in some impressive performances for them, helping Brig reach the NPL First Division North play-off final.

Brig manager Neil Crowe said: “Paul has just decided to hang up his boots, he feels the time is right.

“It has been a privilege having him at Bamber Bridge, he has done really well for us and raised the professionalism at the club.

“Paul has given up so much of his time to football and wants to spend more time with his family.

“People don’t realise that even at non-league level, it is a big commitment.”

McKenna, who hails from Eccleston, came through the youth ranks at North End and made more than 470 appearances for the club, being a key part of the PNE side which got promotion under David Moyes in 1999/2000.

He joined Nottingham Forest for £750,000 in July 2009 and after two seasons there, moved to Hull City on a Bosman.

In the second-half of the 2012/13 campaign, he played for Fleetwood Town on loan.