Sunderland defender Wes Brown is expected to announce his retirement from football in the near future, according to a report in the Chronicle.
Brown's contract at the Stadium of Light expires in the summer and with no new offer currently on the table, it seems that the experienced centre-back has decided to call it a day.
The 35-year-old, who has previously represented Manchester United, has had a stellar career at the top level, but he is reaching an age now where he can no longer play regularly in the Premier League.
Brown has shown signs of age over the course of this season and was forced out of the Sunderland team towards the back end of the campaign.
The form of Sebastian Coates and John O'Shea meant that Brown was generally a reserve option during Dick Advcoaat's time at the club.
It seems that his failure to remain in the first-team has convinced Sunderland that looking for a younger centre-back will be a good option this summer, and they are likely to allow Brown's current deal to expire - leaving him with the uncertainty of being a free agent.
That is something that the centre-back will not want at this stage of his career and it seems that he could be about to hang up his boots, as a result.
If Brown does retire, he will be able to look back on his career with fondness, after making 437 top level appearances and earning 23 caps for England.