Former Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson has taken to social media to say thank you to his ex-club and their supporters after he received a standing ovation on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier this month, Wilkinson announced his retirement from professional football after failing to recover from a head injury sustained while playing for the club in an FA Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers last year.
To celebrate his long-term association with the Potters, which spanned from 2001, Stoke invited the 31-year-old onto the pitch at half time of the Premier League fixture with Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke won the game 2-1 thanks to a double from Marko Arnautovic, but the biggest cheer of the day came for Wilkinson.
It did not take long for Stoke to respond to Wilkinson's tweet, who continued to pay tribute to their ex-player who made 192 appearances during his time with the Staffordshire outfit.
Stoke City FC (@stokecity) February 27, 2016
The club will host a testimonial for Wilkinson during the summer, with a date expected to be announced at some point in the near future.
Stoke's victory this afternoon saw them move up to eighth position in the league table.