CHRIS Weir was given a standing ovation as he put on the Maroon jersey for the final time at Netherdale on Saturday.

The lock forward has still two away games left – at Selkirk and Marr.

But Saturday's match with GHA - after over 340 games for Gala in a 15 year career - was his last on home soil.

Chris believes it's time to give his body a rest.

He said: "A lot has happened with my brother (Tom) retiring and coming back, but I am not getting any younger.

"We have good guys who are coming through which is great. It is now time for the next generation to take over for years to come.

“That’s definitely it, retiring, but then you never know… Op (Palepoi) could come calling.

"I have two games remaining, but I have done 15 years at Gala now.

"I’ve enjoyed every year and it’s great the people you meet, the people you know.

“It is now time to take a backward step and let others take over.”

Saturday's defeat by GHA disappointed Weir.

He added: “The Selkirk game is a Borders derby and Marr are not top of the league for nothing.

"So there is still a lot to play for."

Marr head National League 1 on 82 points followed by Jed-Forest 79, GHA 71, Aberdeen Grammar 65, Selkirk 64, Gala 61 and Musselburgh 57.

With the top six going up there is still everything to play for.