As mentioned on Monday's interview with new joint-managers Spencer Fearn and John Stancliffe, and first team coach Ben Nicholson, the club can confirm that stalwart Jon D'Laryea has retired from playing.
D'Laryea, who began his career at Premier League champions Manchester City, made just one first team appearance for the club in a cup match against Arsenal before moving to League Two side and neighbours Mansfield Town.
The defensive midfielder went on to become a fan favourite and became a first team regular. D'Laryea’s next move was to on loan National League North outfit Northwich Victoria,
before making the move permanent. He spent the next seven years in the National League North playing for teams such as Eastwood Town, Gainsborough Trinity and North Ferriby United, before joining AFC Mansfield.
D'Lareya was an integral part of the Bulls teams that achieved promotion and reached the fourth qualifying round of the F.A Cup. After a brief stint at Long Eaton United, D'Laryea returned to the club and saw out the rest of his career with the Bulls, going on to make 189 appearances for AFC and becoming the sixth highest all-time appearance holder for the club.
Everyone at AFC Mansfield thanks Jon for his time at AFC Mansfield, where he has been part of some of the greatest moments in our history. We all wish him and his family all the very best for the future and look forward to welcoming him to the Forest Town arena in the future.