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Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Murray retires

Matt Murray
Murray's last appearance for Wolves came in a 4-1 win at Leicester on 6 May 2007, which clinched a place in the Championship play-offs

Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray has announced his retirement after admitting defeat in his long-running battle against injury.

The 29-year-old former England Under-21 international has suffered a string of injuries during his career.

And he has now given up hope of recovering from a ruptured patella tendon sufficiently to play at the highest level.

Murray made exactly 100 first-team appearances during his Molineux career.

Boss Mick McCarthy told the club website that Murray had "fought tooth and nail" to get back to fitness.

"It's a sad day when anyone has to retire, even more so when it's a 29-year-old goalkeeper that in my opinion would have been one of the England regulars had he been fit," said McCarthy.

He has fought tooth and nail and worked as hard as anybody I have ever seen

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy

"That only compounds the feelings of disappointment and sorrow that we all feel for him.

"It's not just that - he's worked so hard to come back from all his injuries.

"Despite all the knockbacks, despite being told it was three months and then six months he has fought tooth and nail and worked as hard as anybody I have ever seen."

Murray came through the youth ranks at Wolves after joining in 1997 but only managed to play regularly in two seasons because of injury.

He was a key figure as Wolves won promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time since 1984 in 2003, saving a Michael Brown penalty in the 3-0 play-off final win over Sheffield United at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

He started Wolves' first game in the Premiership - a 5-1 defeat at Blackburn - but then missed the rest of season because of injury.

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And he then only made fleeting appearances because of a series of setbacks before becoming a regular again in McCarthy's first season in charge, winning the player of the year award as Wolves reached the Championship play-offs in 2006/07.

But injury struck again on the eve of Wolves' play-off semi-final against Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion as Murray hurt his shoulder in training and missed the two-legged tie which the Baggies won 4-2 on aggregate.

He would never play for Wolves again, with his last professional appearances coming during a loan spell with Hereford United in November 2008 as he mounted another comeback.

It was during his third game for the Bulls at MK Dons that Murray suffered the injury that would ultimately end his career when making a routine clearance.



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