MK Dons say midfielder Jimmy Bullard has retired from football with immediate effect. The former Peterborough, Wigan Athletic, Fulham, Hull City and Ipswich player blames on-going problems with a knee injury. He ruptured cruciate ligaments twice in three years. He told the Dons website:
– Jimmy Bullard
My old knee injury has never allowed me to get back to where I want to be as a football player; it’s always hindered me. There are a lot of games in this League and I now know my knee won’t allow me to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday, it’s not built for that now.
“I want to be out there playing but at the same time I know my knee won’t allow me to play at my best and to keep my place in the team. I’m hindering myself more than I am helping myself for the future.
Bullard signed a short-term deal with the Dons four weeks ago, but after picking up a dead-leg in his full-debut at Northampton and finding himself back in the treatment room he decided to consider his future in the game.
In the summer I knew I wanted to give it one last crack and show people what I could do. But what I think with my strong head and what I could physically do are two different things. My head tells me I can do it, but my body tells me, no Jim you can’t.
He joined Paul Jewell’s Ipswich Town on loan in January 2011, scoring on his debut. He scored five times in 16 appearances during his loan spell before signing on a permanent basis in August 2011 and being released a year later.