FORMER Dumbarton player Ryan Stevenson has announced his retirement from professional football.

The ex-Hearts and Ayr United player took to social media to announce his time at Raith Rovers had come to a close.

The 32-year-old made 17 appearances for the Sons this season, before leaving to join the Kirkcaldy side after their 1-0 victory against Dundee United in December.

He said: “As a 5-year-old kid I stood in my front garden and said to my dad ‘I want to be a football player daddy’ and that never changed once.

“I lived my dream at 13, leaving my little village, Drongan, for London – until [Wednesday] night.

“It’s with a sad heart, but I feel the time’s right [that] I call a day on my professional career.”

And the attacking midfielder is set to join Troon Juniors, after turning down a move to East Kilbride, who play in the Lowland League.

Speaking to EK News, Kilby boss Martin Lauchlan said: “Ryan’s a top player and a top professional.

“We have been in talks for the last few weeks.” He would have been a great addition to the club.

“Something came up for him in the last few hours that suited him better and we wish him every success in his future career.”