The striker has called time on his career after three years out of action.
The former England under-19 international came to the fore at Walsall before a successful five-year stint at Leicester City, three years at Hull City before ending his career at Nottingham Forest. He also spent time on loan at Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Fryatt will be remembered fondly at Walsall, Leicester and Hull - but his time at Forest was always enigmatic.
He played just 26 games in his three-season spell at the City Ground scoring six times. His last appearance for the club was against Charlton Athletic on the 3rd March 2015, a month shy of three years ago.
Matty Fryatt of Forest is congratulated
His career was eventually ended by achilles injuries, which saw him have three operations and in constant pain.
Speaking to the Guardian as he confirmed his retirement he spoke of his time at Forest, which certainly did not sound like an enjoyable experience.
“They paid my wages and for most of the operations apart from a procedure at the end which I sorted myself separately, so I can’t grumble at that.
“But nobody was accountable for things. If I was at another club, people would have been wondering what was going on with me. At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they thought: ‘Just leave it, we’ll get a new car.’
“I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask: ‘What’s happening with this rusting car? Are we going to get him in to service and back on the road?’ I just got lost and forgotten a bit.”
In an amazing line from the article, it is revealed that he never even met one of the many Forest managers that came and went during his time at the club. Frenchman Philippe Montanier and Fryatt never got acquainted.
It is perhaps indicative of the inconsistent running of the club under previous owner Fawaz Al Hasawi that a striker with a proven track record of scoring in the Championship was seemingly left to rot.
He is of course grateful for the work they did medically on his injury issues, but from a footballing perspective, it must have been extremely disheartening for Fryatt.
The big striker never got the chance to thrive at Forest like he had at his previous clubs, injury robbing him of a chance to be a Forest favourite.
Fans have been reacting to the news, and the article, on Twitter with some very interesting comments:
Very sorry to hear that Matt Fryatt has had to hang up his boots. A good bloke who had to endure a lot of unfair criticism #nffc— Andy Ward (@Trickyred59) February 8, 2018
Good luck to Matty Fryatt for the future— Ant Lord (@antlord46) February 8, 2018
Injuries stopped him getting a proper chance at #nffc and I still think he could have done a job for us!
A real shame, he started off so well at #NFFC - it makes you wonder what difference it'd have made having a fully fit Fryatt in the team along with Cohen, Reid and Hobbs— Seph Pochin (@SephPosh) February 8, 2018
This quote sums it all up. Us fans felt in regards to Matty Fryatt he was just a missing person, with nobody providing any sort of update of his rehabilitation or whereabouts. They froze him out. Sums up the 'Fawaz era' to a tee, poorly run #NFFC pic.twitter.com/YoLI7wq9Fz— Kieran (@kieranthekiz) February 8, 2018
Are we all supposed to feel sorry for rich tea legs Fryatt now #nffc— Name cannot be blank (@andymthatcher) February 8, 2018
Poor old Fryatt, good job he didnt work in a 'normal' job, he wouldn't have got full pay for 2 years!!— Paul Higgins (@TrickyRedDog) February 8, 2018
Just read that Matty Fryatt has officially announced his retirement at the age of 31 having notplayed for nearly 3 years. awful injury that never properly recovered. wish him well in the future— Shaun G (@shaunrg1985) February 8, 2018
Massive shame. I’ve always liked Fryatt and wanted him to do well with us. Very good little player.— Swainy Todd (@swain108) February 8, 2018
Disgusting that some fans mocked his absence. Oh how we'd have loved a fit Matty Fryatt over the last few years. Really decent player and by all accounts a decent chap.— Mark Blinston (@JMWB79) February 8, 2018