Former England and Chelsea captain Terry officially retired from football on Sunday after starting his career as a teenager in the youth setup at West Ham.
Terry, 37, has been without a club since leaving Championship side Aston Villa in the summer.
The defender made the announcement in a lengthy post on his Instagram account, saying: "After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time for me to retire from playing."
Terry started out with famous East End feeder club Senrab before joining West Ham's Academy setup under legendary youth director Tony Carr.
The centre back seemed to be at the perfect place having come from a family of West Ham fans including dad Ted and brother Paul.
Indeed Terry's dad once told now defunct tabloid The News of the World that it was his dream to see his son captain the Hammers.
Terry was often linked with a return to his first professional club in recent years but he opted for the claret and blue of Aston Villa instead when his time at Chelsea came to an end.
The former England man had a volatile relationship with Hammers fans over the years, giving as much stick back to the West Ham faithful as he received.
Terry was clearly grateful to West Ham and Carr for the time he spent at the club before joining London rivals Chelsea aged 14.
He turned out alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand for a testimonial to honour the now retired academy director back in 2010 (Daily Mail).
But Terry neglected to mention the Hammers or Carr in his retirement message where he thanked just about everyone else including Nottingham Forest where he once spent a brief spell on loan.
"After 23 incredible years as a footballer, I have decided now is the right time to retire from playing. I have many people to thank. My wife Toni and my two children, Georgie and Summer, for being my rocks throughout my career – couldn’t have done it without you, I love you with all my heart," Terry wrote on his Instagram account.
"I thank my parents for the sacrifices they made for me as a boy, giving my the best opp to fulfill my dream and become a professional footballer. My brother Paul, for his help and advice throughout my career – and all my family and friends for their great support.
"As a 14-year-old, I made my best and biggest decision: to sign for Chelsea Football Club. Words will never be enough to show how much everyone at the club means to me, in particular the fans. Right from the outset they have given me total support, on and off the pitch, and I have tremendous bond with them.
"We achieved so many great memories together and I couldn’t have succeed without you. To me, you are the best fans in the world. I hope I have done you all proud wearing the shirt and the armband. I want to thank my amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff, who I was honoured to work with and learn from. They all guided me on my way to playing 717 games for the club I love, and it was a privilege to serve them as captain. They also helped me achieve my boyhood dream of playing and captaining for England, of which I am immensely proud.
"My club career and heart will always belong to Chelsea, but I am grateful for my loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 1999, which was invaluable for development as a young player. And I also want to say a huge thank you to Aston Villa for giving me the opportunity to play at such a big club and captain it. It was a privilege to represent such a renowned football club with great fans. I look forward to the next chapter in my life and the challenges ahead. JT."
Perhaps it is being precious to suggest Terry should thank West Ham for their role in his development.
But coming from a family of Hammers fans many would expect at least an acknowledgement.
Whether it was a conscious decision to omit any mention of West Ham we don't know.
However it is hardly endearing either to describe leaving the club his family supports as 'the best decision of his career'.
West Ham and Terry was always a tumultuous relationship and it seems that will not change even in retirement.
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