Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts has decided to retire from football aged 36. 

The former Premier League ace scored 24 league goals during his time at Blackburn which started in 2006, lasting six years. 

Roberts said: "I've had an amazing 17 years playing professional football and I'm proud of everything I've achieved and grateful for all that I've experienced.

“I've played in every division and I have fond memories of my time at each and every club I have represented, and also playing internationally for Grenada."

Roberts made a name for himself at Wigan Athletic where he scored 37 goals in 93 appearances for the Latics. 

Guiding them to promotion during the 2004/05 season, Roberts and strike partner kept Wigan in the Premier League during their first season at the top level earning a top 10 finish. 

The 36-year-old then scored at Highbury during their league cup semi-final against Arsenal helping his side reach the cup final against Manchester United - which they lost 4-0. 

In July 2006, Roberts then joined Blackburn on a four-year-deal scoring his first goal for the club against Chelsea in the FA Cup. 

After suffering an injury, Roberts lost his place to Roque Santa Cruz and struggled to get back into the starting 11. Roberts then scored a memorable goal and earned back his place for the rest of the campaign.

In 2007, he established the Jason Roberts Foundation, and was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2009 for helping to deliver sport to young people.

Playing an important role in Blackburn's survival in the league, the Londoner made his 70th Premier League start and his 145th for the club when he played against Aston Villa in August 2011.

Finishing his career at Reading, the Grenadan international (10 caps) scored six goals in 28 appearances before suffering a hip injury.

Roberts since then has featured as a pundit for BBC and Sky Sports as a football pundit and today announced his media work will continue.

"I am now looking forward to the future and having time to focus on my charity The Jason Roberts Foundation. I am also excited about continuing my media work and having recently passed my corporate governance exams, I'm looking forward to exploring this area further," he added.

"I have met many fantastic people during my time as a player and I am grateful to the game for the opportunities it has given me.

A great servant to the game who influenced many on the pitch. 


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