Veteran defender Nigel Winterburn has announced his retirement.
Winterburn was released by West Ham at the end of last season
The 39-year-old left-back has decided to quit after 17 years of top-flight football with
Wimbledon, Arsenal and West Ham and is hoping to start a new career in the media.
Winterburn's most successful years were spent at Highbury, where he was part of the
famously stingy Arsenal back four that claimed league titles in 1989, 1991 and
1998 and a host of cup successes.
His last club as a player was West Ham, who were relegated from the
Barclaycard Premiership at the end of the season, and who subsequently released him.
"At 39 I don't think I'm capable of playing
in the Premier League any longer. I always said I would like to finish at the
top," Winterburn told Sky Sports News.
He added that his father's death earlier this year had played a part in his decision to retire.
"I said to my agent he could have a look around for me and see if any clubs
"But the longer it went on and the more I thought about it, it
occurred to me that maybe it's time for me to give something back to my
Winterburn said winning his first league title in 1989 with a famous victory against Liverpool at Anfield was his proudest moment as a player.
"You just have to move on and accept your time is up. It's difficult to
accept for a while, but other people have done it and I'm sure I will cope," he said.
"I would like to try and do a bit of a media work, but I will just wait and
see if any offers come in and spend some time with my family."