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Former Maidstone United and Dartford striker Delano Sam-Yorke announces his retirement

By Craig Tucker

Former Maidstone striker Delano Sam-Yorke has announced his retirement, aged just 30.

The forward was a free agent after leaving Dartford and wrote on Twitter: “Time to hang up the boots. #DSY signing out.”

He's the second ex-United player to retire in a matter of weeks, following Stuart Lewis' decision to hang up his boots.

Delano Sam-Yorke celebrates his second goal in Maidstone's FA Cup win at Chelmsford in 2017 Picture: Steve Terrell
Delano Sam-Yorke celebrates his second goal in Maidstone's FA Cup win at Chelmsford in 2017 Picture: Steve Terrell

Sam-Yorke was a big hit with Stones fans during a loan spell from Woking in 2017, his arrival coinciding with the club’s surge towards National League safety.

A permanent move followed that summer and while he only managed one league goal, his double led United to a memorable 4-2 FA Cup win at League 2 Cheltenham, although he was later sent off.

Sam-Yorke remained popular, despite his lack of goals, but was released at the end of the season, joining Dartford.

Delano Sam-Yorke joined Dartford after leaving Maidstone Picture: Andy Payton
Delano Sam-Yorke joined Dartford after leaving Maidstone Picture: Andy Payton

He also played for the likes of AFC Wimbledon, Lincoln and Forest Green but his finest moment came at Cambridge in 2014 where his double in the Conference play-off semi-final against Halifax saw the U’s overturn a first-leg deficit to reach Wembley.

They went on to beat Gateshead in the final, clinching a return to League 2.

Sam-Yorke finished last season on loan at Kingstonian.

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