Jones calls it quits
ATLANTA, United States (CMC):
Trinidadian forward Kenwyne Jones abruptly ended his 15-year professional career on Monday after Major League Soccer franchise Atlanta United opted not to renew his contract for the upcoming season.
The 33-year-old, a former Trinidad and Tobago captain, was one of seven players not retained by Atlanta following a season where he scored two goals in just 17 league appearances, and he subsequently announced his decision via the online social networking service, Twitter.
"Football has been great to me, I thank everyone who has helped me on the way, I appreciate you, but this is my last year in the sport...#onelove."
He was later quoted as saying: "My decision to retire from playing has not been an easy one for me but having thought about it at length, and having discussed it with those closest to me, I believe that now is the right time to move on to the next chapter in my life and career."
"I feel incredibly honoured and proud to have enjoyed the career I've had and I've loved every moment of it, being part of history and playing before fans of my country and the different teams I represented.
"It has been a huge distinction to captain my national team both at the senior and youth level and these were some of the best years of my life."
Following successful spells with Trinidadian Pro League clubs Joe Public and W Connection, the six-foot, two-inch striker came to prominence as a 19-year-old when he excited the taste buds during a three-year spell at Southampton when he smashed in 19 goals from 71 appearances.