It looks like Tottenham Hotspur’s longest serving player and former Captain Ledley King is set to retire from Professional football, it has emerged today, after a virtually career-spanning injury problem. Ledley signed for Spurs as a schoolboy back in 1996 and has been a loyal servant to the club ever since. Rumours of his retirement have been circulating on and off over around ten years now, and Ledley has done incredibly well to stay in the game throughout all of his troubles over that time.
King has made 21 appearances for England, too, and currently holds the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history.
Speaking today, he said:
“I had a really good start to last season and was pleased to play as many games as I did. A knock in training set me back towards the end, but I opted to carry on playing rather than take the time out to have the knee seen to. Unfortunately that meant that I didn’t play the last few games at the standard I would have liked.
“I’ve been discussing things with the Club and my contract expires this summer. The Club has been fantastic in supporting me and given me several options to stay involved with Tottenham. I shall take a view with them pre-season on my future.
“Tottenham has been the only Club for me and if I can’t play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity.”
Of course, many people will be relieved to hear that Ledley may stay on at the club in some role, but rumours are also now surfacing about potential pay-as-you-play deals on the table from other premier league clubs.
Whatever happens in the future of Mr. Ledley King, we all wish him the very best for what remains of his career, and hope Ledley has no regrets about what has been an extremely good career in the game, against all the odds.
Ledley King, The North Stand Salutes You!