Ex-Saint Wayne Bridge retires after injury plagued season

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Former Saints defender Wayne Bridge has retired from football after a season plagued by injury.

Winchester-born Bridge joined Nigel Adkins' Reading last summer but played just 12 games for the Royals, sustaining a knee injury that required surgery in November and returning only in the final weeks of the campaign.

The 33-year-old left-back was a long-time deputy to Ashley Cole in the England team, winning 36 caps in an international career that ran from 2002 to 2009.

He announced the end of his England career before the 2010 World Cup, following newspaper allegations regarding his former girlfriend and his international team-mate John Terry. At the time, Bridge said his place in the squad was "untenable and potentially divisive".

Bridge's retirement was announced by his management company Icon Sports, who stated on Twitter: "Wayne Bridge has today announced his retirement from football. A career in which he won a premier league, fa cup, league cup and earn 36 England Caps. From all at Icon, we wish him very happy retirement."

Bridge began his career at Saints, making his debut under David Jones in 1998 and staying for five further years before spending five-and-a-half years at Chelsea, where he became a Premier League champion in 2005.

He moved on to Manchester City in January 2009, going on to have loan spells with West Ham, Sunderland and Brighton before signing for Reading on a one-year deal.

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9:09am Wed 7 May 14

andoru says...

I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense. andoru
  • Score: 14

9:29am Wed 7 May 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Bridge is a harsh lesson in why a big money move to a cash rich club is often a bad idea.
He went from Premier League starter to aimless bench warmer.
His career did not benefit from being at Chelsea or City
Bridge is a harsh lesson in why a big money move to a cash rich club is often a bad idea. He went from Premier League starter to aimless bench warmer. His career did not benefit from being at Chelsea or City There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 20

9:29am Wed 7 May 14

Clever Dick says...

andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Yes he is a prime example of a career going nowhere but backwards after leving the Saints.All Saints players take note and stay where the grass really is greener.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Yes he is a prime example of a career going nowhere but backwards after leving the Saints.All Saints players take note and stay where the grass really is greener. Clever Dick
  • Score: 17

10:37am Wed 7 May 14

andoru says...

andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Wait ... I don't mean 'follow', I mean 'study' Bridge's example. If he follows it, he does exactly what Wayne did! And we don't want that.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Wait ... I don't mean 'follow', I mean 'study' Bridge's example. If he follows it, he does exactly what Wayne did! And we don't want that. andoru
  • Score: 6

11:06am Wed 7 May 14

The Music Man says...

andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
I bet he'd hate to follow Bale's path.....
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]I bet he'd hate to follow Bale's path..... The Music Man
  • Score: 4

11:06am Wed 7 May 14

Beer Monster says...

Shame, nice bloke as well - I met him on a night out in Salisbury when he was dating one of my colleagues. All the best Wayne.
Shame, nice bloke as well - I met him on a night out in Salisbury when he was dating one of my colleagues. All the best Wayne. Beer Monster
  • Score: 8

11:09am Wed 7 May 14

The Music Man says...

andoru wrote:
andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Wait ... I don't mean 'follow', I mean 'study' Bridge's example. If he follows it, he does exactly what Wayne did! And we don't want that.
Oh.

Still, a Premier League winners medal, FA Cup winners medal, League Cup winners medal and 36 England Caps aint bad. He wouldn't have got all that if he stayed at Saints - and probably would have still ended up injured.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Wait ... I don't mean 'follow', I mean 'study' Bridge's example. If he follows it, he does exactly what Wayne did! And we don't want that.[/p][/quote]Oh. Still, a Premier League winners medal, FA Cup winners medal, League Cup winners medal and 36 England Caps aint bad. He wouldn't have got all that if he stayed at Saints - and probably would have still ended up injured. The Music Man
  • Score: 5

11:20am Wed 7 May 14

jls217 says...

Beer Monster wrote:
Shame, nice bloke as well - I met him on a night out in Salisbury when he was dating one of my colleagues. All the best Wayne.
Yes, I met him a couple of times. A good hearted, and for a footballer quite humble bloke. He was a great talent and should have stayed here where he was worshipped. He apparently was an extremely dedicated pro (or that's what other players said about him) so just why his playing standards slowly dropped instead of improving with all the top quality coaching he was getting remains a mystery. For a few years at least he was one of the best in his position. Shame - hope he made provision for what comes after football.
[quote][p][bold]Beer Monster[/bold] wrote: Shame, nice bloke as well - I met him on a night out in Salisbury when he was dating one of my colleagues. All the best Wayne.[/p][/quote]Yes, I met him a couple of times. A good hearted, and for a footballer quite humble bloke. He was a great talent and should have stayed here where he was worshipped. He apparently was an extremely dedicated pro (or that's what other players said about him) so just why his playing standards slowly dropped instead of improving with all the top quality coaching he was getting remains a mystery. For a few years at least he was one of the best in his position. Shame - hope he made provision for what comes after football. jls217
  • Score: 5

12:00pm Wed 7 May 14

Mister E says...

Happy retirement Wayne and thanks for the memories!
Shame it didn't work out so well after you left, but you were brilliant for us.
Humble, down to earth and a nice guy.
All the very best for your future Wayne.

For those that remember: A good lesson to learn is what happened to our great midfielder Steve Williams. He was brilliant, so good in fact that we built a team around him and the accolades followed.
Eventually his head was turned by Arsenal, from being a big fish in a relatively small pool he became a big fish in a bigger pool full of big fish!
He then disappeared without trace!
Happy retirement Wayne and thanks for the memories! Shame it didn't work out so well after you left, but you were brilliant for us. Humble, down to earth and a nice guy. All the very best for your future Wayne. For those that remember: A good lesson to learn is what happened to our great midfielder Steve Williams. He was brilliant, so good in fact that we built a team around him and the accolades followed. Eventually his head was turned by Arsenal, from being a big fish in a relatively small pool he became a big fish in a bigger pool full of big fish! He then disappeared without trace! Mister E
  • Score: 10

12:03pm Wed 7 May 14

The irate commuter says...

What a waste of a talent - happier sitting on bench, picking up a huge wage than playing football!
What a waste of a talent - happier sitting on bench, picking up a huge wage than playing football! The irate commuter
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Wed 7 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

cheers wayne and good luck in retirement, you were a great player for us and its a shame injury has ended your career. I will always remember you as a saints player but also for the non-handshake of the vile john terry. I don't think that helped your England career but you stood up for morals and I respect you for that.
cheers wayne and good luck in retirement, you were a great player for us and its a shame injury has ended your career. I will always remember you as a saints player but also for the non-handshake of the vile john terry. I don't think that helped your England career but you stood up for morals and I respect you for that. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 18

12:58pm Wed 7 May 14

DragonSaint says...

I'd have one Wayne Bridge over a dozen John Terrys any day!
I'd have one Wayne Bridge over a dozen John Terrys any day! DragonSaint
  • Score: 10

2:47pm Wed 7 May 14

bobby the crane says...

I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER
His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from.
Hope that puts the records Straight
I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from. Hope that puts the records Straight bobby the crane
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Wed 7 May 14

george chivers says...

andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Is 33 young?
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Is 33 young? george chivers
  • Score: -1

3:40pm Wed 7 May 14

Outside of the Box says...

Mister E wrote:
Happy retirement Wayne and thanks for the memories!
Shame it didn't work out so well after you left, but you were brilliant for us.
Humble, down to earth and a nice guy.
All the very best for your future Wayne.

For those that remember: A good lesson to learn is what happened to our great midfielder Steve Williams. He was brilliant, so good in fact that we built a team around him and the accolades followed.
Eventually his head was turned by Arsenal, from being a big fish in a relatively small pool he became a big fish in a bigger pool full of big fish!
He then disappeared without trace!
Cruciate knee ligament damage did for Steve, in his day it was career ender, unlike today as J-Rod will tell you, its a long struggle back, but you get back thanks to modern medicine.

Cheers for memories Bridgey top player and well as being a top bloke
[quote][p][bold]Mister E[/bold] wrote: Happy retirement Wayne and thanks for the memories! Shame it didn't work out so well after you left, but you were brilliant for us. Humble, down to earth and a nice guy. All the very best for your future Wayne. For those that remember: A good lesson to learn is what happened to our great midfielder Steve Williams. He was brilliant, so good in fact that we built a team around him and the accolades followed. Eventually his head was turned by Arsenal, from being a big fish in a relatively small pool he became a big fish in a bigger pool full of big fish! He then disappeared without trace![/p][/quote]Cruciate knee ligament damage did for Steve, in his day it was career ender, unlike today as J-Rod will tell you, its a long struggle back, but you get back thanks to modern medicine. Cheers for memories Bridgey top player and well as being a top bloke Outside of the Box
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Wed 7 May 14

george chivers says...

I thought he was great for us especially the way he played with Chris Marsden.
I also thought he made the right decisions when he moved to the big clubs and he's had a successful career and made money. If he had stayed with us he would have been relegated and then moved on.

Good Luck Bridgey and thanks for all those overlaps and crosses, you were an outstanding Saint and a role model for Bale and Shaw.
I thought he was great for us especially the way he played with Chris Marsden. I also thought he made the right decisions when he moved to the big clubs and he's had a successful career and made money. If he had stayed with us he would have been relegated and then moved on. Good Luck Bridgey and thanks for all those overlaps and crosses, you were an outstanding Saint and a role model for Bale and Shaw. george chivers
  • Score: 3

5:23pm Wed 7 May 14

Saints.born93 says...

bobby the crane wrote:
I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER
His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from.
Hope that puts the records Straight
Completely with you on that one. He's a Winchester Born and bread. Not Southampton. As much as we're all Southampton followers. They're 2 complete different cities. Talking of which, He was very level headed, Polite professional and a true inspiration of mine in my young days of where he & myself lived, Stanmore. Being 20 now, He always show us his talent in our local community when i was 7/8 +! On note of other Winchester-born professional Footballers, I'm sure players such as Brian Stock are profiled as a Winchester born. I'm completely aware of him in comparisons to Wayne in respect.
[quote][p][bold]bobby the crane[/bold] wrote: I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from. Hope that puts the records Straight[/p][/quote]Completely with you on that one. He's a Winchester Born and bread. Not Southampton. As much as we're all Southampton followers. They're 2 complete different cities. Talking of which, He was very level headed, Polite professional and a true inspiration of mine in my young days of where he & myself lived, Stanmore. Being 20 now, He always show us his talent in our local community when i was 7/8 +! On note of other Winchester-born professional Footballers, I'm sure players such as Brian Stock are profiled as a Winchester born. I'm completely aware of him in comparisons to Wayne in respect. Saints.born93
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Wed 7 May 14

Saints.born93 says...

Saints.born93 wrote:
bobby the crane wrote:
I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER
His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from.
Hope that puts the records Straight
Completely with you on that one. He's a Winchester Born and bread. Not Southampton. As much as we're all Southampton followers. They're 2 complete different cities. Talking of which, He was very level headed, Polite professional and a true inspiration of mine in my young days of where he & myself lived, Stanmore. Being 20 now, He always show us his talent in our local community when i was 7/8 +! On note of other Winchester-born professional Footballers, I'm sure players such as Brian Stock are profiled as a Winchester born. I'm completely aware of him in comparisons to Wayne in respect.
Unaware * Apologies
COYR's
[quote][p][bold]Saints.born93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobby the crane[/bold] wrote: I knew Wayne when he was a young kid in Winchester My Son also knew him I know his Dad Mick & Mum Wendy they used to live in Highcliffe Winchester Mick was a bricklayer, I see many comments that he was born in Southampton (wrong) he was born in WINCHESTER His dad was a very level headed man with no great ambitions in life, but through sheer encouragement he steered Wayne in the right direction, god bless you both & never forget where you came from. Hope that puts the records Straight[/p][/quote]Completely with you on that one. He's a Winchester Born and bread. Not Southampton. As much as we're all Southampton followers. They're 2 complete different cities. Talking of which, He was very level headed, Polite professional and a true inspiration of mine in my young days of where he & myself lived, Stanmore. Being 20 now, He always show us his talent in our local community when i was 7/8 +! On note of other Winchester-born professional Footballers, I'm sure players such as Brian Stock are profiled as a Winchester born. I'm completely aware of him in comparisons to Wayne in respect.[/p][/quote]Unaware * Apologies COYR's Saints.born93
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Wed 7 May 14

warrens 76 says...

Good luck Wayne..
Good luck Wayne.. warrens 76
  • Score: 1

1:56am Thu 8 May 14

andoru says...

george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Is 33 young?
Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Is 33 young?[/p][/quote]Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country. andoru
  • Score: 2

8:53am Thu 8 May 14

george chivers says...

andoru wrote:
george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Is 33 young?
Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.
But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Is 33 young?[/p][/quote]Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.[/p][/quote]But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way. george chivers
  • Score: -1

9:26am Thu 8 May 14

andoru says...

george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote:
george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote:
I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young.

Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Is 33 young?
Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.
But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way.
Maybe … maybe not. It's a pretty big "could have".

Anyway, I wan't seriously suggesting he got injured because he went to Chelsea. It was a light-hearted 'warning' to Luke Shaw.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Is 33 young?[/p][/quote]Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.[/p][/quote]But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way.[/p][/quote]Maybe … maybe not. It's a pretty big "could have". Anyway, I wan't seriously suggesting he got injured because he went to Chelsea. It was a light-hearted 'warning' to Luke Shaw. andoru
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Fri 9 May 14

hedge end bob says...

andoru wrote:
george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote:
george chivers wrote:
andoru wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.
Is 33 young?
Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.
But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way.
Maybe … maybe not. It's a pretty big "could have". Anyway, I wan't seriously suggesting he got injured because he went to Chelsea. It was a light-hearted 'warning' to Luke Shaw.
Negative George will always be different when pen goes to paper. Bet he is a nice chap really and older than 33 ??

George am i right in thinking you don't go to the home games because of our style of play ? . If i am wrong i would like to meet you by Ted's statue on SUNDAY . You will soon pick me out 70 years old with my name on my shirt.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: I hope Luke Shaw follows this former left-back's example and not Bale's. The lesson is, if you leave Saints for a 'big' club, you get injured, lose your place in the team, get loaned out a bunch of times, get sold to a lower division team, then you retire young. Stay with Saints Luke. You know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Is 33 young?[/p][/quote]Relatively so, for a defender. And remember that while he's only officially retiring now, his playing career has effectively been over for some time, particularly at the highest level. With his talent he ought to still be at the top at this age, not struggling in the second tier. Ashley Cole is 34 this year and playing – albeit irregularly at the moment – for the third best club in the country.[/p][/quote]But if he had stayed with us he could have got the same injuries and his career could have ended in the same way.[/p][/quote]Maybe … maybe not. It's a pretty big "could have". Anyway, I wan't seriously suggesting he got injured because he went to Chelsea. It was a light-hearted 'warning' to Luke Shaw.[/p][/quote]Negative George will always be different when pen goes to paper. Bet he is a nice chap really and older than 33 ?? George am i right in thinking you don't go to the home games because of our style of play ? . If i am wrong i would like to meet you by Ted's statue on SUNDAY . You will soon pick me out 70 years old with my name on my shirt. hedge end bob
  • Score: 0

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