Roberts hangs up his boots

Jason Roberts in his Wigan days
Jason Roberts in his Wigan days
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FORMER Wigan Athletic striker Jason Roberts has announced his retirement due to injury.

The 36-year-old confirmed the decision on Twitter having not managed a single appearance for current club Reading this season due to a persistent hip problem.

He wrote: “It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional football on medical advice...Thank You Football for Everything...

“It has been an honour representing the Clubs I have played for..and the Fans that have always supported me.”

Roberts began his career at Wolves and also played for Bristol Rovers, West Brom, Wigan and Blackburn.

He scored 137 league goals in 449 games and his last appearance came in December 2012, in Reading’s 1-0 Premier League defeat against Southampton.

Roberts made his debut for Wigan on 17 January 2004 in a 4–2 win against Preston North End, scoring his first goal for the club inside the first 35 seconds of the match.

But he is more well known for his 21 goals in Latics’ famous race to promotion that season. And he will take his place in the footnotes of Wigan’s history, when, on August 27, 2005, he converted a spot-kick against Sunderland to score Latics’ first goal in ever in the Premier League.

Former team-mate and current Latics player, Mike Pollitt tweeted: “My old mate @JasonRoberts30 hanging up his boots,have a relaxing retirement big guy #greatservant.