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Jeremy Helan retires aged 24 to focus on religion

Sheffield Wednesday’s Jeremy Helan has retired aged just 24 so he can focus on religion according to a report from Sheffield Star.

The winger, who can also play at left-back, has been at Wednesday since 2013 after he had two successful loan spells with the Owls during the 2012/13 season. During his time at the club he has gone on to make 145 appearances and scored four goals, though his first team involvement has been limited since the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal as head coach and had been loaned out to Wolves at the end of last season.

And while it may have been expected that he would stay with Wednesday until at least the end of his contract in the summer of 2017, it has turned out that he will instead be retiring so he ca focus on his religion. Helan is a devout muslim and has always been keen to support projects in the local community, which includes when he visited teenagers taking part in ‘Streetgames’ during 2015 and has also visited schools in Sheffield talking about his experience as a footballer.

According to this report, Helan had been mulling over retiring from football to fully focus on his religion for a while now and has come to the tough decision to leave the sport and Sheffield Wednesday.

The Frenchman started his career by coming through the Manchester City academy but only made one appearance for them, instead getting his first team experience out on loan at clubs such as Carlisle United and Shrewsbury Town. He then switched to Sheffield Wednesday in 2013 after a number of successful loan spells until he decided to retire this year.

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