Leeds United defender Leigh Bromby has today retired from playing professional football.

The former Sheffield United player has not played competitively for more than a year, having sustained a horrible knee injury against Cardiff City all the way back in April 2012.

Speaking to Leeds United's official website, Bromby revealed that he had no choice but to call time on a career that has spanned 15 seasons.

"I've been advised by the surgeon Andrew Williams to retire from the game. It's become clear over the last 14 months that I wouldn't be able to continue in a playing capacity and it's with a heavy heart that I've decided to formally retire as a player," explained the 33-year-old.

However, this announcement does not signal the end of his involvement in football, or with the Yorkshire club for that matter, and he will remain at Elland Road in a coaching capacity.

Bromby rather optimistically added: "People say as one door closes another opens, and I'd like to thank Leeds United for giving me the opportunity to take my first steps in coaching with the Under-16s."

Leigh, who achieved promotion to the Championship with The Whites back in 2010, will now be able to pass on his knowledge and experience to the club's future stars.

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