Marvin Sordell Announces Retirement Aged 28

  • July 26, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers forward Marvin Sordell has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 28.

Sordell, who progressed through the youth systems at Fulham and Watford, respectively, joined Wanderers in a £3million move from the Hornets in January 2012 but struggled to establish himself at the club - making just 29 appearances before leaving for Burnley in July 2014.

During a career which also saw him represent Wealdstone, Tranmere Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Coventry City, Burton Albion and Northampton Town, Sordell faced a constant battle against mental health issues which have ultimately forced him to call him on his career.

He has regularly engaged in charity work in recent years, as well as making moves into authoring books.

In a farewell message posted on social media, Sordell said: "The six-year-old me would never even have dreamed of what the 28-year-old me has achieved in this game.

"I managed to experience some of the greatest highs on offer: playing for England, Team GB in The Olympics, and in the biggest league in the world, in the form of the Premier League.

"I fell in love with football's oldest cup competition, and played in some of the most historic stadiums in the game.

"In over 300 matches, for the nine clubs and three national teams I played for, I scored goals that I dreamed about as a young boy in the park.

"I'll be honest though, the ugly side of the game that many of us are exposed to, has had a hugely dertimental effect on my mental health. I witnessed, and was on the receiving end of racism on several occasions, and have seen an incredible amount of bullying, manipulation and verbal abuse, to an extent which for many, leaves a dirty stain on this industry.

"The combination of these aspects allow me to move on from being a professional football player, knowing that I will be a happier man, and also able to love the game again in a way I haven't for many years.

"You shaped me into the person I am today, so thank you for the mesmerising highs and too the delibitating lows because without them I wouldn't have been able to truly appreciate how magical some moments have been.

"It's been an absolute pleasure to be able to live my first dream. Now on to living some more."

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