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Jimmy Bullard announces retirement from football

12:52 01 October 2012

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JIMMY Bullard has quit professional football – seven weeks after leaving Ipswich Town.

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The 33-year-old midfielder joined MK Dons on a short-term deal after leaving Portman Road but he has had to call time on his 14-year playing career due to ongoing problems with his knee.

In a statement released by MK Dons, Bullard said: ““My old knee injury has never allowed me to get back to where I want to be as a football player – it’s always hindered me.

“There are a lot of games in this League and I now know my knee won’t allow me to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday, it’s not built for that now.

“I want to be out there playing but at the same time I know my knee won’t allow me to play at my best and to keep my place in the team. I’m hindering myself more than I am helping myself for the future.”

Bullard ruptured the cruciate ligaments in his knee twice in three years but followed that with an excellent loan spell at Ipswich last year.

That prompted Paul Jewell to sign him on a free transfer but while he showed brief flashes in his one full season, most notably during the side’s six-match unbeaten run, he failed to make a single start after November.

After appearing for Town in a few pre-season matches, he left the club by way of mutual consent in August.

Bullard added: “In the summer I knew I wanted to give it one last crack and show people what I could do. But what I think with my strong head and what I could physically do are two different things. My head tells me I can do it, but my body tells me, no Jim you can’t.

“Without a shadow of a doubt this is the hardest decision I’ve made, but in the same breath I’ve been a lucky one really.

“I’ve got a never-ending list of highs in my career. First of all coming out of non-league football and signing for West Ham, which was a massive high for me.

“Signing as a professional football player and going on from there – making my debut at Peterborough, winning things with Wigan, signing for Fulham, getting into the England squad while I was at Fulham and after that horrific knee injury, getting into the Carling Cup Final with Wigan – albeit we lost.

“I haven’t had a bad career. 14 years in the game professionally it’s not bad at all. It’s been a great job to play footy, there’s plenty of worse ways to earn a living.”

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14 comments

  • Wake me up somebody! I thought Jimmy bullard had left two seasons ago!!

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    SirAlf

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Many thanks and good luck Jimmy.

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    Oft Meanders

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • At least JB retired once he'd left ITFC not like a few we could mention who look as if they have retired and their still on the pitch.

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    whymarkmariner

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • I loved Jimmy Bullard. He was the personification of all good things about the game and apart from his rare football gifts had a wonderful personality to boot. You will be sadly missed Jimmy!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Jimmy Bullard next manager for Ipswich xxx

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    jacmac

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Sad news for the spirit of football on and off the pitch. May I wish Jimmy all the best for the future whatever he decides to do. I hope his retirement from football will still mean that he remains in the public view either playing pro golf or tv pundit. Good luck jimmy. Luv u xxx

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    jacmac

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • bullard ipswich manager you living i cookwho land jacmac? yes great player for itfc .

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    Micky Beeby

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Yet another poor PJ permanent signing. PJ OUT!

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    Jason

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Good luck Jimmy for the future. Game hasn't enough characters like you and i'd like to thank you for your'e time at the town. Whatever you do in the future i hope you enjoy it. Good luck mate.

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    bismark

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Jimmy Bullard next manager for Ipswich xxx

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    jacmac

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Jimmy Bullard next manager for Ipswich xxx

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    jacmac

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Sad news, but maybe a Silver Lining here for us. Jimmy is just the sort of role model for the younger players. I think we should draft him in as an attacking midfielder coach for the club. He just the sort of wise old head to give "our kid" a helping hand. Percy

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    Percy V

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Best of luck Jimmy in whatever you decide to do next. Perhaps you will have more time for fishing now and if you are ever in my 'neck of the woods' I would willingly take you fishing for the day.

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, October 1, 2012

  • All good things come to an end. I enjoyed watching Jimmy Bullard play and I thank him for the entertainment he gave me. However I am truly amazed at PercyV who now thinks he should be drafted in as an attacking midfield coach. Surely this is just the position that PercyV's idol (Jewell) decided not to play Bullard in - preferring a defensive midfield role at the base of his beloved "diamond"!! Also is n't it Jewells job to do the coaching of the players? Jimmy brought many good things to the game but PercyV I am not sure a "wise head" was one of them. If "our kid" needs help why not just get rid of him and get someone in who can do the job.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Monday, October 1, 2012

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