Jimmy Bullard says that having to retire from the game hit him hard

Image: Jimmy Bullard: Decided to hang up his boots after a 14-year career

Jimmy Bullard has revealed that having to retire from professional football on Monday hit him like a 'sledgehammer'.

The ex-Wigan and Fulham midfielder, who ruptured his cruciate ligaments twice in three years - with Fulham and again on his debut for Hull City in 2009, insists he has done the right thing. He said: "If I was playing Saturday, Tuesday, it would immediately swell up and I couldn't play on the Saturday. "I know I've done the right thing. I've had a great time and a great career."

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