READING striker Jason Roberts will retire from football when his contract ends this summer.
Roberts last played in December 2012, and has now been forced to retire from playing on medical grounds following his long standing hip injury.
The 36-year-old will continue to work in the local community on behalf of the club for the remainder of his contract.
Roberts said, "I've had an amazing 17 years playing professional football and I'm proud of everything I've achieved and grateful for all that I've experienced. “I've played in every division and I have fond memories of my time at each and every club I have represented, and also playing internationally for Grenada.
He added: "I am now looking forward to the future and having time to focus on my charity The Jason Roberts Foundation. I am also excited about continuing my media work and having recently passed my corporate governance exams, I'm looking forward to exploring this area further.
"I have met many fantastic people during my time as a player and I am grateful to the game for the opportunities it has given me.
"I'd also like to thank the Reading fans and staff."