WIMBORNE winger Sam Griffin has announced his retirement from football following the Magpies’ title-winning season.

After starting the season with Hamworthy United, Griffin returned to Wimborne for a second spell, going on to make 27 league appearances as the Magpies secured the Southern League Division One South title.

Griffin scored three times as Wimborne earned promotion back to the Southern Premier League, including two winners – one against Bishop’s Cleeve, and the other late on against Evesham United.

A Wessex League winner with Blackfield & Langley, Griffin played for a host of clubs in Dorset and Hampshire, including a spell in the Southern Premier League with Poole Town.

Griffin also lists Christchurch and AFC Totton amongst his former clubs, having followed then Blackfield boss Glenn Howes over to Totton in 2020.

In a statement posted on social media, the 32-year-old shared: “After 15/16 years in the Wessex and Southern Leagues, I’ve decided to hang the boots up and give all my time to my family.

“I can’t thank enough the clubs and managers I’ve played for and all the players I’ve played with – been an absolute blast.

“Winning the league on the final day was the perfect way to sign out.”