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Shotts Bon Accord star forced to retire at 32 after shock heart diagnosis

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Shotts star Paul McGeough has been forced to retire at the age of 32 after doctors discovered a tumour on his heart.The former Albion Rovers midfielder, who had open heart surgery as a youngster to repair a hole in his vital organ, went for an annual check-up at University Hospital Wishaw last month and was given the shock news after scans flagged up a new issue.Motherwell man McGeough had spent the past few weeks in hospital undergoing treatment before being released this week and doctors believe the tumour is non-cancerous.McGeough's gaffer at Shotts, John McKeown, has spoken on his behalf to explain that the popular figure at Hannah Park - who was crowned players' player of the year at the club in the past two seasons - has had to call time on his playing career.And the West of Scotland Premier Division side will now hold a benefit match for him in August.McKeown explained: "I've been up to the hospital to speak to Paul and he is gutted about the football side of it.

He wanted to retire eventually on his own terms so this is quite a sore one for him."Recently he went for a check-up and the doctors could see something wasn't right.

He got his scans and they found a clot and a tumour on his heart. But we are hoping the medication and treatment he is on can clear it up without the need for surgery.

The boys at the club have been gathering around him to keep his spirits up."He was in the hospital for over two weeks and he has been advised by the consultant to retire from playing.

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