Former West Ham midfielder Collison retires aged 27

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2016 11:02

Collison: Retired due to persistent knee injury

Former West Ham and Wales midfielder Jack Collison is retiring from football at the age 27 due to injury.

The midfielder signed for Peterborough last summer hoping to kick start his career after making 121 appearances at West Ham in an injury-hit spell at the club.

But due to persistant knee problems, Collison has now decided to call time on his career after making only 12 appearances for the League One side.

The midfielder, capped 17 times by Wales, dislocated a kneecap playing for West Ham in 2009 and will now focus on a coaching and media career.

Speaking to The Sun, Collison said: “The nights I wake up in pain, or the mornings where I struggle to walk, will be a constant reminder I was lucky enough to play the game I love.

“I still wake up some mornings feeling good and think ‘one more try’.

“But that would be unfair on myself, my fellow pros and my family. I want to bow out with some pride intact.”

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