Stuart Whitehead thanks Telford United's Andy Sinton

Stuart Whitehead
Whitehead played League football for Carlisle, Darlington, Shrewsbury

Veteran defender Stuart Whitehead has thanked Andy Sinton for extending his career despite being released by the AFC Telford boss to Worcester.

"His training methods are 100% professional and he's kept me playing longer than I might," he said.

"At 35 I expected not to be offered a deal next season, so letting me go now has kept me in the game."

Whitehead, who also played at the old Telford United, helped the new Bucks up to the Blue Square Bet Premier in May.

"I have so many memories of Telford that, it's a real wrench to go," Whitehead told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"Last season's play-off final is still really special of course, but I also played in the previous final when we lost up at Gateshead. There was the run to the FA Trophy semi-finals, and we had some good FA Cup games too."

Whitehead started in League football at Carlisle, where he made over 150 appearances in four years with the Cumbrians.

A year at Darlington followed before Whitehead joined Telford United in the Conference in 2003, playing under Mick Jones before the club went bust and he moved to Shropshire neighbours Shrewsbury.

After two seasons there, he moved to Kidderminster before joining the reformed Telford where he was soon named captain.

He was also caretaker-manager for a short period at the end of 2009-10 following the sacking of Rob Smith.

"I've had a fantastic time at Telford," he added. "I'd love to come back one day, maybe in a coaching capacity - and on that front Andy Sinton's taught me a lot."