Former Wales international Sam Ricketts announces retirement due to knee injury
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 16/11/16 12:09pm
Former Wales international Sam Ricketts has announced his retirement from the game due to a knee injury.
Ricketts, who won 52 caps for his country between 2005 and 2014, made six League One starts for Coventry this season after signing a new one-year contract in the summer.
The former Swansea, Hull, Bolton and Wolves player has not played for the club since October and the 35-year-old has decided to hang up his boots after taking medical advice.
In a statement issued to Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday, he said: "Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from the game after having received medical advice that I should stop playing with immediate effect due to injury.
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"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me to fulfil every boy's dream of becoming a professional footballer. I am grateful to all of the managers, coaches and team-mates that I have had the honour of working with and learning from throughout my career.
"I would also like to express my gratitude to the brilliant supporters of the clubs I have played at for always offering me their wholehearted support. Last but not least, I wish to thank my family for being my inspiration and for having always been there for me.
"I have been hugely fortunate to ply my trade in every division from the Conference to the Premier League and am immensely proud of having being capped by Wales on 52 occasions. It has been a fantastic journey and one which has provided me with so many unbelievable experiences and memories.
"As my playing career comes to an end, I am now looking forward to embarking on a new chapter. A few years ago, I started working towards my coaching badges and am currently in the process of completing my UEFA A Licence with the Welsh FA.
"I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead and now hope to be able to give something back to a game which has given me so much."
Ricketts was a product of the Oxford United academy and made his senior debut for the club before joining Swansea in 2004 after a year-long spell at non-league Telford.
He was signed by Hull for £300,000 in 2006 and made over 100 appearances for the club as an instrumental part of the side that was promoted to the Premier League in 2008.