Darren O'Dea brought down the curtain on a near 13-year playing career yesterday, though it may have not been the send-off the ex-Dundee captain was hoping for.
O'Dea was sent for an early bath in the opening stages our 3-2 defeat at the hands of St Mirren with the defender even joking he wanted to 'do a Zidane' and go out in style.
The former Republic of Ireland centre-back had called time on his professional football career a few weeks back and announced he would be taking on the role as coach of Motherwell’s under-18s.
Yesterday’s defeat at Dens Park would be his last match but unfortunately it would not end on a high for O’Dea. The defender lasted just 19 minutes before he was shown a straight red card for hauling down Brad Lyons after the Saints player took advantage of some poor control from O’Dea.
Ever the professional, O’Dea was quick to take the limelight away from himself, instead focusing on the young arrivals who made the Dundee squad but not before light-heartedly joking about his final contribution on a football field.
“It’s not how I wanted it to finish but it wasn't about me, it was about the start of a new cycle for the club," said O'Dea.
Finlay Robertson, Josh Mulligan, Lyle Cameron, Max Anderson are great young kids and we have plenty more behind them.
I went out in style though, eh? I wanted to do a Zidane with a headbutt but it ended up with a bad touch.
It's about the club though and it’s time to get to work quickly."
In total, Darren O’Dea made 102 appearances for the club since his arrival in January 2016, finding the net a total of five times.
Everyone from The Dark Blue Forums would like to thank O’Dea for his contribution over the years for the club and would also like to wish him all the best in his future coaching role with Motherwell.