Ledley King Announces Retirement

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 06: Ledley King talks to the press after the England training session at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus on June 6, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In a statement passed on through the club's official website this morning, long-serving club captain and Tottenham icon Ledley King announced that his playing days with the club, and in football generally, have come to an end.

"I have been here since I was a boy, I have always considered it my club and I have always found it hard to imagine wearing the shirt of another team", the 31 year-old central defender states. "Sadly my injuries and my inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career".

Ledley's role at the club is far from over, however. The club have also declared that King will remain with Tottenham in an ambassadorial role, described by Daniel Levy as "a crucial role in supporting the club's work in the community and the ongoing regeneration of the Tottenham area, whilst also being a hugely positive role model for our younger players".

King has been with the club for 17 years, making his debut in 1999 and breaking into the first team under Glenn Hoddle. He has also represented England 21 times over the course of his career. During this time, his name has become synonymous with courage, endurance, and determination in the face of ultimately insurmountable odds, as he struggled with a pervasive knee injury which dramatically reduced his capacity to play regularly and train. Rather than simply quit, King instead pushed his body to the limit week after week to play for Tottenham, and established himself as arguably the league's best centre back on his day playing through crippling pain.

I don't intend to turn this particular post into a full tribute to Ledley, as I'm sure those will come in the next few weeks. I feel I have to say, however, that his retirement is a loss not merely to us as fans, but a generation to whom he was a source of inspiration and a role model, and he will be remembered by a legion of admirers inside and outside the club as one of the club's greatest all-time leaders.

Star-divide

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cartilage Free Captain

You must be a member of Cartilage Free Captain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cartilage Free Captain. You should read them.

Join Cartilage Free Captain

You must be a member of Cartilage Free Captain to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cartilage Free Captain. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker