Former West Ham and Wales midfielder Jack Collison announces retirement
By Charlie McFaulds
Last Updated: 13/02/16 11:43am
Former West Ham and midfielder Jack Collison has decided to retire from football at the age of 27 due to injury.
The Wales international made 121 appearances during an injury-plagued spell with the Hammers before moving to Ipswich on a short-term deal in September 2014.
He did not play for Ipswich because of his persistent injury problems and was released after three months.
In an attempt to revive his career, Collison moved to Peterborough last summer, but he has now decided to call time on his career having made just 12 appearances for the League One side due to ongoing knee problems.
"It's been frustrating. It's something I've had to live with pretty much for the last seven years," Collison told Sky Sports News HQ.
"It's been an ongoing battle and I feel it's finally got the edge on me. I think enough is enough and I've took the decision to call it a day and now try and look to the future."
The 17-times capped Wales international, who will now focus on a coaching and media career, dislocated a kneecap playing for West Ham in 2009.
"It's all continued from that, and really since that night I've never been fully fit, which is obviously frustrating," Collison said.
"I suppose it's one of those things that happen in football, and I've tried to live with it and be the best I could with what I've had, and I've had a real good go at it.
"I had a year out of football last season and then decided I'd give it a good try this year, and I've thrown absolutely everything at it.
"But I think I had to admit to myself that I wasn't really up to the level I hoped to get back to, and of course it's frustrating when you are out there trying to do something you love, but your body can't do what you are trying to do in your head.
"I don't really want to carry on falling down and dropping out of football and end up being rubbish really, so I decided to call it a day and now I'm focusing on my next career."