Former Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City defender Gary Doherty has explained his decision to retire from professional football.
The 34-year-old Irishman announced that he is quitting the game on Thursday, having not played a single competitive game this campaign due to a knee injury he picked up in pre-season.
Doherty made his name at Luton Town before going on to feature for Tottenham, although his best days were with Norwich.
The former Republic of Ireland international has revealed why he chose to hang up his boots.
“It's the hardest decision for any footballer to have to make,” BBC Sport quotes Doherty as saying.
”You always hope you'll be able to retire in your own time when it's right for you, but injury has forced my hand and it's one of those things you have to deal with."
Doherty actually started his career as a striker before becoming a defender, and he was a good one at that, as Norwich fans will testify.
The now-former Wycombe Wanderers man has been struggling with injuries lately, and it seems that they have finally brought an end to a successful career.