Barrow AFC is saddened to announce the retirement from professional football of Lewis Hardcastle.
After he became ill during our game at Salford City last month, investigations uncovered an issue with his heart.
Following the diagnosis of his condition, Lewis underwent a procedure to treat it. However, after further consultations with cardiologists, he has received medical advice which has, devastatingly, left him unable to continue his career.
Lewis, 22, joined the Club in 2019 following an impressive loan spell from Blackburn Rovers and has made 69 appearances for The Bluebirds, including many as captain.
He was instrumental in our promotion back to the Football League last season and will go down in Club history as one of the 2019/20 National League title-winning side.
The Club is doing everything it can to support Lewis and his family at this very difficult time and further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.