FORMER Latics defender Brian Wilson has announced his retirement.

The 37-year-old, who made more than 100 appearances for Oldham between 2014 and 2018, has most recently been the assistant manager of Matlock Town in the Northern Premier League.

Wilson had also been playing for the Gladiators but will now focus his attentions fully on coaching having featured 127 times in all competitions for Latics, also playing in the Football League for Stoke, Cheltenham, Bristol City and Colchester.

“After thinking long and hard I have made the decision to retire from professional football due to injury,” he said.

“I've achieved everything I ever dreamed of since I was a young boy. Obviously this couldn't have happened if it wasn't for my family who have played a huge part in my career.

“I'm honoured to have played under some great managers and made lifelong friends along the way.

“I will certainly miss the build up to the games and atmosphere from all the fans. I will now look forward to the next chapter now in my career.”

Latics said in a social media post: “We'd like to wish @brian07951777 all the very best after announcing his retirement from professional football.

“A great player who represented the club with pride making over 100 appearances across a four-year spell. Good luck Brian, and thank you!”