Kevin Davies announced his retirement on Friday after 22 seasons as a professional soccer player. Davies played close to 800 games during his career.
Davies, 38, confirmed to TalkSport that he has retired after more than two decades in the English soccer leagues. Davies played in the Premier League for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and most notably for Bolton Wanderers. He spent nine seasons with Bolton in the Premier League and one season in the Championship between 2003-2013 before leaving for League One side Preston North End.
“I’m officially retired,” Davies told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“I’m not playing anywhere at the moment and I’ve spoken to a lot of people about it. It’s a big decision for me and my family, and it just feels like the right time for me.
“It’s going to be strange, having done it for the last 22 years professionally, being in that routine of getting up and training with the boys every day. I’ll miss that part of it, the competing and the comradery.
“But I’m enjoying the other side of it as well. I’ve done a bit of coaching
locally and I’m doing lots of media work at the minute which I’m finding really enjoyable, so I’m feeling ok.”
Davies scored 150 goals during his career and had his best season with Bolton in 2008-2009 when he scored 12 Premier League goals. He earned one cap for the English national team in 2010 in a game against Montenegro at the age of 33, making him the oldest debutant since 1950. During his time at Bolton, he was voted the team’s Player of the Year on three occasions.