Former Hull City winger George Boyd has announced his retirement at the age of 36, after clocking up almost 700 career appearances for a host of clubs including the Tigers, Peterborough United, Nottingham Forest and Burnley.

His last league appearance came for Salford City on the final day of last season, playing in a 3-0 win for the club part-owned by Gary Neville.

Boyd played 43 times for the Tigers having joined the club from Peterborough United in 2013, playing a pivotal role in seeing City promoted from the Championship to the Premier League under the stewardship of Steve Bruce, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite.

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Boyd’s initial loan move to City was made permanent but he opted to leave the club the following season to join the Clarets.

He left Posh for a second time in November last year, having scored his final goal for the club in a 4-2 Papa John’s Trophy win over Fulham’s Under-21s at London Road, and has since been involved with Sky Sports’ EFL coverage.

“I have loved every second of the journey, but I have to come to the decision to hang up the boots and put an end to my playing career," Boyd said in a statement.

“From non-league, with Stevenage, to then play and score at every level all the way up to the Premier League, it’s been beyond my wildest dreams.

“A huge thank you to all the managers I have played under, who helped me along the way. I am also grateful to my teammates who have become friends for life.

“My biggest thanks goes to my family for always being by my side and following me all over the country. I’m a very lucky man.

"Three promotions at Peterborough, playing in an FA Cup Final with Hull City, making over 100 appearances in the best league in the world and winning my first cap for Scotland were all special, but winning the Championship at Burnley with that group is an experience I will never forget.

“A final thank you to the fans. I have been incredibly lucky to feel welcome at every club I’ve played for.

“I have lived every boy’s dream and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter and whatever that brings."

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