June 27, 2015 12:15:44 UK
Former Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy has announced his retirement at the age of 32, with injuries having taken their toll over the years.
Kennedy played the second half of last season with Melbourne City, making 12 appearances and scoring two goals for John van ‘t Schip’s side, who are 8/1 to win the Grand Final.
I am extremely proud of my achievements throughout my career and grateful to have represented the Socceroos at the highest level.
That was his only A-League experience, with the forward having started his career in the NSL with Carlton in 1999. He earned a move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg that turned into a nine-year stint in Germany taking in six clubs.
Kennedy scored 17 goals in 36 games for the Socceroos, appearing at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He was picked in the preliminary squad for last year’s tournament in Brazil before being cut due to injury.
The striker had already made a major contribution to the campaign, by scoring the winning goal against Iraq the previous year that sealed qualification.
Kennedy had a successful career in Japan with Nagoya Grampus, averaging a goal every other game over his 128 appearances and winning two J-League Golden Boots as well as the 2010 title.
He said: “Unfortunately the demands of professional football over the years has taken its toll on me physically and after consultation with family and friends, I’ve made the decision to step away from playing.
“I am extremely proud of my achievements throughout my career and grateful to have represented the Socceroos at the highest level. I would like to thank the people that have helped me achieve my goals along the way, especially my family and close friends.”
City coach van’ t Schip led the chorus of praise for the striker, thanking him for his “immense contribution to the sport” and adding: “Josh was critical in helping the club achieve its highest ever finish and winning its first ever final, with a goal and wonderful performance against Wellington in last season’s Final Series.”
Meanwhile, Adelaide City, who reached the quarter-finals of last year’s competition, are 2.25 to win Sunday’s FFA Cup tie against Croydon Kings, who are 2.50, with the draw 3.75.
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