Love Island’s Tom Clare quits football career to pursue new “opportunities”

Love Island star Tom Clare has announced that he is quitting his football career to pursue new “opportunities.”

The reality star appeared on the latest series of the ITV2 dating show, eventually finishing in third place after coupling up with Samie Elishi.

Tom took leave from Macclesfield Town FC to take part in the show, but has today announced that he will take a break from the sport in order to focus on his fledgling media career.

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“@thesilkmen Where do I start,” he wrote on Twitter. “This club has been right behind me throughout everything, the most I’ve ever enjoyed my football has been at this special club, the good times are unmatched and we’ve created memories that I will remember for the rest of my life.

“The decision for me to leave has been my decision and has been so tough, but now in my life there’s just too many opportunities that I just cannot turn down and moving down to London plays a huge part in that,” he continued.

He subsequently thanked the owners and fans of the club for the support they had given him, before concluding: “Football is my passion and has been in me since I could walk, I don’t see it as a job.

“For the time being I’m taking a step back to focus on other things, but I will never quit football and will keep myself in the best possible shape throughout all of this, @thesilkmen Thankyou.”

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Tom announced last month that he and Samie had decided to split up following their time on the show, with his statement reading: “Didn't think I'd be writing this but me & Samie have gone [our] separate ways.

“We are still on good terms & I have nothing but love & respect for her. I'm gutted it's come to an end but I truly wish Samie the best,” he added.

Love Island airs on ITV2, and is available via catch up on ITVX and BritBox.

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