Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Julian Bennett has been forced to call time on his career at the age of 30 after two years of injury hell.
Left back Bennett ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on his debut for Southend United in August 2013 and has not played a game since.
The Nottingham-born defender - a member of the Owls’ promotion-winning squad in the 2011/12 season - announced his retirement via Twitter,
He wrote: “Since August 6th 2013 I have been battling injury I finally accept I have lost this tackle.
“Tonight I announce publicly my retirement from professional football with sadness mixed with immense pride.
“From the bottom of my heart I thank my family, friends, staff, fans and all the good people I have met.
“Lastly to Nottingham Forest for making a kid from the Meadows dream come true. Jules.”
After making positive progress on a return which could have seen him back within six month, Bennett broke down in training with the Shrimpers.
He was offered a pay-as-you-play deal by Southend a year ago but was unable to return to fitness and could not add to his 215 career appearances.
Bennett arrived at Hillsborough in the summer of 2011 after departing boyhood club Nottingham Forest, reuniting with his former boss Gary Megson.
After Megson was sacked in February 2012, Bennett struggled to force his way into the Owls side with Reda Johnson and Mark Beevers both switching from centre half to left back.
During the 2012/13 campaign, Bennett failed to make a single appearance for Wednesday and was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town before being released at the end of the campaign, having made 25 appearances and netting two goals.
On leaving the Owls, he joined Southend United but disaster struck in his maiden appearances, leading to his early retirement this week.