A former Leeds United and US winger has used his blog to reveal that he is gay and announce that he is to retire from football aged just 25.
Robbie Rogers posted: "Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple.
"Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently."
He added: "I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career.
"Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football."
Leeds striker Luciano Becchio has passed a medical at Norwich and is expected to sign for the Barclays Premier League club later today.
David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean are joining Ipswich Town.
McGoldrick has joined on loan from Hull for the rest of the season while Mclean will also remain at Portman Road until May with a view to making the move from Nottingham Forest permanent in the summer.
“David dropped down a level to play for Coventry on loan over the first half of the season and did really well.
He was the leading scorer in League One with 16 goals so we are signing a player at the top of his form.
He’s a good player who we have been watching and it’s deal that we are looking to lead to a permanent one.
Aaron is also a good addition to the squad. I tried to sign him for Wolves a long time ago so I know about his qualities.
He will bring pace, power and athleticism to the side and I’m delighted that we have managed to get both of them.”
The paperwork for both deals was filed right on the noon deadline for tomorrow’s FA Cup trip to Aston Villa after a frantic race against the clock. The Club are waiting to see if clearance has been granted.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he's delighted to have defender Patrick Kisnorbo available to play in Saturday's FA Cup tieat Aston Villa. The 32 year-old Australian International has joined the 'Blues on loan for a month from Championship rivals Leeds United.
McCarthy says Kisnorbo's arrival couldn't be better timed, with defender Luke Chambers under treatment for a broken nose suffered in training. 'I've seen him play at Leicester, I know he's a good competitor, he's a good defender, a good character to have around the place.
Everybody speaks highly of him.'
'He has been injured a while back but he's got himself fit and has played in some Under 21 games and has trained every day. He's another one that hasn't been playing but he's come in and I'm delighted that we've got him available. Beforehand I only had Luke Chambers and Tommy Smith as centre-backs'.
McCarthy also confirmed that goalkeeper Scott Loach and defender Elliott Hewitt will play at Villa Park. West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and Blackburn full back Bradley Orr haven't been given permission to play in the cup tie by their parent clubs.
Andy Drury will also miss the game through illness.
Ipswich Town have signed Patrick Kisnorbo on a month’s loan from Championship rivals Leeds United.
The Australian defender becomes Mick McCarthy’s first signing of the January transfer window and trained with his new team-mates for the first time this morning.
Kisnorbo began his career in Australia with South Melbourne, before moving to Scotland to team up with Hearts. He left Tynecastle in 2005 and moved south of the border to Leicester, linking up with his former manager Craig Levein.
The 31 year-old spent four years at the King Power Stadium, where he was a team-mate of former Town defender Gareth McAuley, before linking up with Leeds United on a free transfer.
The Australian, who has 18 international caps to his name, has so far turned out 57 times for Leeds.