Striker Jermaine Beckford, formerly of Leeds United, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers and more, has confirmed that he has retired from professional football.

Speaking on his Instagram page, striker Jermaine Beckford has confirmed that he has retired from professional football. The 35-year-old has been out of action four almost a year now through injury and he has decided to bring an end to his career.

Beckford said:

“Now, as many of you may know, my journey as a professional footballer has unfortunately come to an end. The operations I’ve had over the last couple of years have gotten the better of me. Football has given me all and more than I could’ve ever dreamed of and for all those that I have had the privilege of meeting and sharing any and all moments with, I will be eternally grateful!”

Beckford made his breakthrough into senior football with Leeds United after joining from non-league side Wealdstone in 2006 and became a firm fan favourite at Elland Road. After spending time on loan with Carlisle United (four appearances, one goal) and Scunthorpe United (18 appearances, eight goals and three assists), Beckford went on to play 147 times for the Whites, netting 84 goals and laying on 11 assists.

After four years with Leeds, Beckford moved to the Premier League to join Everton. He spent just over one year with the Toffees and scored 10 goals in 40 games, providing five assists as well.

After leaving Everton, Beckford went on to play for Leicester City (49 games, 15 goals and six assists), Huddersfield Town (loan – 22 appearances, nine goals), Bolton Wanderers (51 appearances, 11 goals and two assists), Preston North End (60 appearances, 21 goals and six assists) and Bury (17 appearances, eight goals and three assists).