Fowler Close to Retirement

Talented Torquay United midfielder Jason Fowler is close to announcing his retirement from the game after failing to overcome a hip injury.

Chairman Mike Bateson took the unusual step to prelude an official announcement with a swipe at supporters gossiping that Fowler was not playing due to failing a random drug test.

"Jason's career is likely to be at an end because a hip injury has failed to respond to treatment.

"It is likely he will need a hip replacement operation although it is hoped that once the daily rigors of the game have stopped the injury will become more tolerable