Injury ends Francis' career
04 Oct 2008 - 12:11:40
Watford midfielder Damien Francis has been forced to announce his retirement from the game due to a long-standing knee injury.
The 29-year-old Jamaica international suffered the initial injury against Manchester City in April 2007 and has seen a number of comeback efforts thwarted by recurring problems.
Now, following advice from his surgeon, Francis has decided to call time on his career.
He told the club's official website: "I'm devastated to have to accept the decision to announce my retirement, but I have been strongly advised by my surgeon that I cannot continue to put my knee through such trauma.
"I can't thank Watford FC enough for their support, the medical staff especially have bent over backwards to help me to try and return to fitness, I truly appreciate all of their efforts.
"I want to thank the manager, players and the whole club too. I would also like to thank all the fans from my Wimbledon, Norwich and Wigan days for their support, and a special thanks to the Watford fans for their patience.
"I wish the club all the best for the future."
Francis joined the Hornets in the summer of 2006 from Wigan Athletic, having previously played for Norwich City and Wimbledon.