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Burnley's Paul Robinson retires from football

Burnley's Paul Robinson Credit: Press Association.

Ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has retired from the game, his former club Burnley have announced.

Robinson, 37, made 375 top-flight appearances for Leeds, Tottenham, Blackburn and the Clarets, as well as featuring for England on 41 occasions.

He signed a new one-year deal at Turf Moor last summer and Burnley confirmed that he had now decided to call time on his career.

Robinson ranks eighth in the list of goalkeepers with the most Premier League appearances, and second among English stoppers behind only David James.

Three of his outings came last season and his appearance against Manchester City in November was his first in the top flight in four years.

Robinson revealed a back injury that troubled him during his time at Blackburn had resurfaced towards the end of the previous campaign and was behind his retirement call.

"Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season," he explained.

"Taking everything into consideration I've decided to announce my retirement. I have been very fortunate to play the game I love for so many years and make it my career.

"I intend to take a short time out to spend time with my family and explore the different options available to me. I would like to sincerely thank all my family and friends who have stood by me throughout my playing career.

"I have been very lucky to play for four very special football clubs and my country. I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters and staff of every one as I was able to build a very special relationship with each.

"I would like to say thank you to (Burnley manager) Sean Dyche, (Burnley's goalkeeping coach) Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the Premier League again at 37.

"In all my career I have never been a part of a more dedicated, hard-working set of players and staff. I wish them and all my former clubs the very best of luck for next season."


Tom Olbison signs one-year contract extension with Widnes

Tom Olbison Credit: Tom Olbison

Widnes forward Tom Olbison has confirmed his commitment to the Vikings for 2018.

The 26-year-old second rower joined Widnes on a 12-month deal from Bradford when the Yorkshire club folded in the winter, with an option for a second season.

"I've really enjoyed my first year at Widnes Vikings," said Olbison, who has made 18 appearances so far.

"It's been a great experience to play regular top-level rugby and I feel like I have developed well as a player here.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to extend my stay and I'm looking forward to what we can achieve going forward."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Tom came here with the ambition of building a career in the Betfred Super League and he was proven himself at this level.

"He has settled in well and made a good contribution to the team this year. I am very pleased that he has chosen to sign this new deal and look forward to continuing to work with him."

Greg Richards joins Leigh from St Helens

Greg Richards Credit: Leigh Centurions

Super League's bottom club Leigh have signed St Helens forward Greg Richards in time for their survival battle.

The Centurions, who will play in the Qualifiers after finishing in the bottom four, have made their move ahead of Friday's transfer deadline, securing the services of the 22-year-old front rower on a contract to the end of 2018 with an option for a further year.

Richards was a member of Saints' 2014 Grand Final-winning team but has made only three appearances this season and has been playing on a dual registration for Sheffield Eagles.

Leigh coach Neil Jukes said: "Greg has been at an elite club for a number of years and played a lot of games. He is going to bring good habits and plenty of experience, even though he has youth on his side.

"Greg has really bought into our vision and what we want to achieve at Leigh Centurions. He sees the opportunities that are in front of us but first of all wants to be part of achieving our goals of maintaining our Super League status.

"Greg will add competition and energy to the middles and he has shown he can do it at the highest level."

Richards will help plug the gap created by the early retirement of Leigh's Australian forward Dayne Weston.

St Helens chief executive Mike Rush said: "It's always tough when a player who has been through the system at the club leaves for pastures new.

"There has been strong competition for places here this season though and therefore, reluctantly, it made sense to allow him to join Leigh.

"We wish him the very best in his future career."

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It follows a horrific crash which saw him airlifted to hospital.

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Kyle Walker joins Man City

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Kyle Walker has become one of the most expensive defenders ever after joining Manchester City from Tottenham for an initial £45million.

The full-back, 27, could eventually cost City as much as £50million, with an additional £5million heading Spurs' way in add-ons if various clauses are met.

The full-back regions looked to be obvious areas of need for City boss Pep Guardiola in the transfer window and Walker is the first to arrive for an eye-watering sum. Spurs are notoriously tough negotiators and, after City missed out on Dani Alves to Paris St Germain, the north London club's hand was strengthened in the discussions. Walker has cost far more than Alves did when he moved to Barcelona in 2008 for a fee that eventually reached around £30million.

WATCH: Freddie's All-Star charity cricket match.

Lancashire cricket hero, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, has been reunited with his ex-England team mates to Alderley Edge Cricket Club for a charity Twenty20 match against an Alderley Edge XI. Playing for Prostate Cancer UK, Freddie and his team mates are hoping to raise thousands for the charity. Granada's Sports Correspondent David Chisnall caught up with him during the match.

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