Former Leicester City, Walsall, Nottingham Forest and Hull City striker Matty Fryatt has today formally announced his retirement from professional football, aged 31.

Fryatt, who will be working with Oporto Sports, will be seeking to explore opportunities within the media, football coaching and scouting, alongside his own business interests.

Speaking after his decision, Fryatt said: “I have enjoyed over 15 years in the game as a player, but I feel certain that now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.

“I am honoured to have represented six great clubs and to have experienced so many memorable personal and team moments; winning trophies, promotions and playing at Wembley Stadium.

“I’d like to thank my friends and family for their support and my teammates, managers and backroom staff for their help and belief in me, and of course the supporters of the clubs I played for who were always fair with me.

“Football has given me many opportunities, much joy, and I hope to continue my involvement in the game over the coming years.”

Matty’s career began brightly at Walsall, including a brief loan spell with Carlisle United, and he represented England at under-18 and under-19 level, scoring four goals in five games at the 2005 Under-19 UEFA European Championship as England finished as runners-up to France.

Fryatt secured a move to Leicester City in 2006 and helped the club to the League 1 title in 2009, scoring 32 goals and winning the Football League 1 Player of the Year award as well as being named in the League 1 PFA Team of the Year and being voted as the club’s Player’s Player of the Year.

After Fryatt joined Hull City on New Year’s Day in 2011, he went on to enjoy his most prolific Championship campaign, scoring 16 goals in 48 games in the 2011/12 season but picked up a serious Achilles injury as Hull were promoted to the Premier League.

Following a successful loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday, Fryatt returned to action at Hull and spearheaded their attack, scoring in the fourth round, quarter-final and semi-final as they reached the 2014 FA Cup Final, losing 3-2 to Arsenal.

The following month, Fryatt returned to the East Midlands with Nottingham Forest, on a three-year deal, but suffered with injuries and left the club in summer 2017.

To read more of Matty’s thoughts on his retirement, please click the links below:

The Guardian

The Daily Telegraph

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