Ex-Sunderland striker Danny Graham reveals why he has decided to retire - days after leaving the Stadium of Light
Danny Graham has announced his retirement from professional football – days after leaving Sunderland.
The striker exited the Stadium of Light on Deadline Day after an agreement was reached to prematurely end his contract, and Graham has now said that this is the ‘right time’ to end his 18-year playing career.
Graham, 35, spent two spells on Wearside having also represented Middlesbrough, Carlisle United, Watford, Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers – as well as a host of clubs on loan.
He re-joined the Black Cats in the summer in what has now proven to be the final stop in his career.
Confirming his decision on Instagram, Graham said: "After a great deal of consideration, I feel now is the right time to announce my retirement from professional football.
“I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have had the career I have. Representing 13 great clubs and working under many managers and coaches who helped mould my career and make me as a person.
"Thank you to my teammates, I have loved sharing the pitch with you all and have created some special memories and friendships and of course to the fans, you make the game so special.
"A last big thank you to my family and friends. Your support throughout the last 18 years has been amazing. I am now looking forward to the next chapter of my life.”
Graham ends his career with a record of 174 goals in 617 appearances, and is now expected to concentrate his focus on his ‘Fugati’ fashion brand.