Former cult hero forced to retire

Ben Burgess during his Blackpool days.
Ben Burgess during his Blackpool days.
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BEN Burgess has announced his retirement from football – just two months after joining Tranmere.

The former Seasiders cult hero is believed to have hung up his boots due to ongoing knee problems.

Burgess helped Pool win promotion from League One to the Premier League, before deciding to join Notts County.

He went on loan to Cheltenham at the end of last season, playing at Wembley in the League Two play-off final.

Cheltenham lost 2-0 and Burgess signed for Tranmere.

But before the new season has even started, the 30-year-old has decided to call it a day.

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore said: “I’m obviously disappointed that it hasn’t worked out with Ben.

“Ben feels he is unable to play at 100%. He’s been a model professional here and I wish him the best of luck in his new life outside of football.

“It leaves us with a gap to fill up front, but we’ve already started working on it and hope to bring in a replacement as soon as possible.”

Burgess, who scored 29 goals in less than 100 starts for the Seasiders between 2006 and 10, and who lives in Lytham St Annes, said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Tranmere Rovers and I’m really sorry it hasn’t worked out.”

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