MacRumors stalwart The 2010-2011 Football Thread has announced his retirement with immediate effect. There had been speculation about the Thread's future in the past few weeks and it had looked increasingly likely he would end his stellar career at the end of the campaign. He said: "This was not a decision I have taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to be locked. "To have had such a long and successful career at MacRumors has been a real honour and in particular I'd like to thank the posters for their tremendous support throughout the season." The Thread has enjoyed a particularly long career amassing over 3,300 posts and now looks set to join the MacRumors Coaching Staff, helping to develop the potential of young up-and-coming threads. The announcement naturally sparked a hunt for an immediate replacement, with none other than the 2011-12 Football Thread promoted from the reserves to take his predecessor's place. The young thread commented, "We all know what 2010-11 achieved here, but I'm inspired by his achievements rather than intimidated. I know there'll be testing times ahead disagreements over new kit designs, confused NFL fans wandering in but I'm sure I can overcome these and become an important member of the Community Forum squad."