Midfielder Nick Montgomery, who spent 14 years at Sheffield United, has today confirmed his retirement from professional football. He will continue to play semi-professional football in Australia with Wollongong Wolves. The 35-year-old has been playing with Hyundai A-League side Central Coast Mariners since 2012.
He played over 400 times for the Blades, and the Leeds-born man quickly established himself as one of the most influential players in the Australian game too. He played a total of 116 for Central Coast, helping them win the A-League Championship in 2013. He won the Sheffield United Player of the Year Award in 2010.
‘Monty’ will also remain on board with the Mariners too as Head of Football & Elite Performance, in addition to his informal playing duties with Wolves. The combative performer said that it was a tough decision to come to, but after speaking to many people, such as manager Paul Okon, he felt it was the right decision to make,
“It’s not been the easiest decision in the world but I think it’s the right decision and right time at this stage in my career.
“To come out here, win the grand final and play in the Asian Champions League straight away was fantastic. The fans have been brilliant, this is a fantastic place to play football.
“I look back on my career with fond memories having played at the highest level but for me it’s good that I can carry on playing semi-pro for a while – this is a decision where I’ve put the family first, a decision that is perfect for our long term future here on the Central Coast, with the Mariners.”
Montgomery was keen to mention some of his time at Sheffield United too as he looked back on his football career,
“I’ve been loyal since the day I started out my career. I spent 14 years at one club in England and five with one here. I’ve never been one to jump ship, I always like a challenge, I’ve had great success and tough times both here and in England but I’m a loyal person who always wants to see a challenge through. There’s not much loyalty in football now but I’m proud to say that I only played for two clubs in my professional career.”