SUNDERLAND legend Kevin Phillips has announced he is retiring at the end of the season.
Phillips, who joined Championship winners Leicester City in January, today confirmed he will hang up his boots after the Foxes’ game against Doncaster on Saturday.
The 40-year-old has netted 250 league goals in a 20 year professional career, which has seen him represent Watford, West Brom, Aston Villa, Southampton, Birmingham, Blackpool and Crystal Palace.
But Phillips will always be revered for his time at Sunderland after scoring 134 goals in six stunning seasons with the Black Cats after arriving from Watford for just £350,000.
“The club I’m sure most football fans associate me with is Sunderland,” Phillips told Sky Sports today.
“That was where I made my name and I’ve still got huge affection for that football club.
“Whenever I go back there I’m always made to feel very welcome and I have to give them a huge thank you for their support.
“The Sunderland fans have been amazing to me when I’ve gone back to play against them or been at the Stadium of Light working for Sky and I sincerely hope they stay in the Premier League this season.
“The six years I had up there were awesome. Obviously it ended in disappointment with relegation but it was an amazing time, a lovely place to live and I met some great people.
“The North East people in general are very humbling.”
Phillips now plans to continue his media career, while he has also been offered a coaching role at Leicester.
But Sunderland fans will have one last chance to see Phillips resume his legendary strike partnership with Niall Quinn next Monday.
The pair are both due to line up for a Sunderland XI against a Wolves XI in the testimonial for former Black Cats defender Jody Craddock at Molineux (kick-off 2pm).