Written by By Sally Ann Horvath, CNN
Dillian Whyte looked certain to retire from professional soccer in 2012, when his team coach told him that his play style wouldn't suit the newly-founded Premier League club Fulham.
Instead, whyte fulfilled his dream, by becoming the first professional footballer ever to play for the club in their inaugural season.
Almost 20 years later, the 33-year-old striker continues to emerge on the European scene, today impressing with his performances for Swedish club IFK Norrkoping.
Whyte makes a clearance in a January match against IFK Vasteras. Credit: Kristofer Petersen/National Agency AB
The Guyanese-born player returned to Fulham on transfer from the club's Swedish sister team for the 2018-19 season. Now, the local media is saying he is set to depart again, this time for Turkey.
Fulham announced Tuesday that they would release Whyte at the end of the season because of time constraints following the summer recruitment of Domi Colace, Aristide Bourcey and Csaba Somogyi.
"The club remain grateful to Dillian for his contribution and understand that he would prefer to go to a club where he will be given the playing time he needs to continue his career," the club said in a statement to CNN Sport.
Whyte made his Fulham debut on August 3, 2018, when he scored against Cardiff City. However, he missed the final month of the season due to injury.
IFK coach Peter Bosz, who has led the club to the league title this season, was a defender for Fulham during the 1997-98 season, when the club won promotion to the Premier League for the first time.
He likened his character to that of former team-mate Shaun Hutchinson, who made 115 appearances for Fulham and scored 11 goals between 1992 and 1996, and also retired early due to illness and retirement, citing problems with the adrenal glands.
"Dillian is as tough as Hutchinson was in that era," said Bosz. "In London it's not easy to play football with my life and his life being with his kids and now with his life in Faroe Islands and Sweden.
"He is in a situation where every time he makes a mistake he is being punished and also the fans."