Preston striker Neil Mellor has been forced to retire from professional football due to injury.
The former Liverpool striker has found it difficult to regain fitness after injuring his knee against MK Dons back in 2011 and following medical consultation has decided to hang up his boots following advice from medical professionals.
“I have agreed to keep lines of communication open with [Preston North End manager] Graham Westley just in case I come across a miracle cure but realistically, and regrettably, this is the end of my playing days” Mellor told the clubs official website.
The twenty nine year old began his career at Liverpool FC and went on to make twenty one appearances for the club scoring some important goals along the way such as his sublime strike to secure a 2-1 win of Arsenal. Mellor signed with Preston in 2006 following loan spells with West Ham United and Wigan.
“The team’s record without Neil this season says everything about the man and character that he is. I’m gutted that I didn’t get the chance to work with him beyond his cameo against Bury” said Preston manager Westley.
“He has had a tough decision to make, but he has no real choice in the matter. Everybody here will wish him the very best.” he continued.