GLENN MURRAY has retired from playing football after a lengthy career that took in all levels of the English pyramid.
Murray played for Watford and Nottingham Forest this season but wants to hang up his boots while still playing at a good level.
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A statement via Brighton & Hove Albion read: “I feel as though the time is right and I wanted to retire at a good level.
“I’ve had a lot of good years in the game, but this seems the right time to call it a day.
“I am getting off the football merry-go-round, the structure of being told what to do for 20 years. I am looking forward to making some of my own decisions I suppose.”
Murray, 37, actually began his career in the USL Pro Soccer League playing for Wilmington Hammerheads before a Conference North switch to Barrow.
From there he worked his way up the leagues with a number of clubs, including Carlisle United and Rochdale.
He then moved to Brighton for the first of two spells which saw him score a total of 111 goals for the club.
In between stints on the south coast he also featured for fierce rivals Crystal Palace, enjoying a record-breaking season that saw him score 30 Championship goals to fire Palace to promotion to the Premier League.
Now the former striker is focused on a new path, and is keen to take on more media work after featuring on Sky Sports in their coverage of the Championship play-off final on Saturday.
He added: “I have got a lot of options, there are a lot of things going on in the background.
“The media work is something I want to pursue and I am looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life.
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“I don’t know if I am a natural at the media work but it keeps me in the game that I love.
“It gets me going to different grounds and I think I will always need that to feel close to the grass and be a part of professional football in England.
“It would be too strange for me to cut it off entirely and not have anything to do with. Football is all I know.”
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