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Big Steve Fletcher has announced that he is retiring from the professional game.
Cherries legend Steve Fletcher has announced from the game after a fantastic 24 year career having made a club record 728 appearances for the Club.
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Fletcher is quoted as saying: "I have spoken predominantly to Eddie Howe, and also to the chairman Eddie Mitchell, and I don’t want to just be a figure on the training pitch and not close to team selection. That is the last thing I would have wanted to end my career doing as I have always been a player and a big part of the team. And after discussions with the gaffer, we have come to the agreement for me to go into something else at the football club and, hopefully, start a new chapter in my career with AFC Bournemouth. I want this to be a positive. Don’t get me wrong, I have shed many tears and will probably shed a lot more in the forthcoming weeks when people start messaging and Tweeting me and sending me fantastic things through the post and videos of great memories. I could look at it as a massive negative but I want massively to turn it into a positive and just say ‘I have had a fabulous 20-year career at Bournemouth, 24 as a professional'. While my playing career at Bournemouth is ending, I want to be involved, in some department, with the success going forward with the manager and Jason. I have always wanted to stay at the football club and, hopefully in the forthcoming weeks, I can sit down with the gaffer and Eddie Mitchell and discuss what is going to be the best direction for me to take and what suits not only the manager and chairman, but also what suits me as well".
Source: Cherries MAD
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