Julio Arca decides to retire from football
2:44pm 11th May 2018
(Updated 5:12pm 11th May 2018)
Former Sunderland and South Shields footballer Julio Arca has decided to call it a day and hang up his boots.
He's spent the final three seasons of his career with a very successful, trophy-filled spell on South Tyneside.
But it's said that he wishes to spend more time with his young family.
An illustrious career:-
His time with the Mariners followed 13 years of action elsewhere in the North East.
First, the midfielder moved from Argentina to Sunderland and was on Wearside for 6 years (2000-2006), making more than 150 appearances.
He then moved to Teesside and Middlesbrough for 7 years (2006-2013), where he played more than 160 times and won Player of the Season for the club in 2011.
It's the second time he's retired; Julio called it a day for the first time after an injury and subsequent release from the Boro.
He went on to win three league titles, three promotions and six trophies in total with South Shields.
Happy retirement Julio!