Former PNE striker Davies retires

Kevin Davies in action for PNE at Wembley in the play-off final
Kevin Davies in action for PNE at Wembley in the play-off final
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Former Preston North End striker Kevin Davies has announced his retirement from the game.

The 38-year-old was released by PNE in the summer after two years with the club, his swansong being the play-off final victory over Swindon at Wembley.

He was a 68th minute substitute for Jermaine Beckford in the final, that his 91st appearance for the club.

Davies took to Twitter to reveal his retirement, posting a picture of a pair of his boots hung up accompanied by the words ‘It’s been emotional. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. #22seasons’.

The Sheffield-born front man started his career at Chesterfield, breaking into their team as a teenager and soon becoming a regular.

He moved to Southampton for £750,000 in May 1997 before a £7.5m switch took him to Blackburn Rovers a year later.

His time at Rovers was something of a struggle and he moved back to Southampton just over 12 months later for £1.2m.

The golden time of his career came at Bolton who he joined in July 2003 and stayed for almost a decade.

Davies played more than 300 games for Wanderers and picked up his one England cap in his time there, that coming in October 2010 against Montenegro at Wembley.

North End signed him on a Bosman in July 2013 after he was released by Bolton, beating a host of clubs to his signature.

He scored six goals in PNE colours, the 150th of his career being the winner in the 1-0 victory over Coventry in February.

With his contract up in the summer, North End looked into the possibility of a combined playing and coaching role at Deepdale.

But in the end they did not offer him a deal and he was released at the end of June.

Davies was at Deepdale on Thursday night, commentating for BT Sport on England Under-21s’ 1-0 win over the USA Under-23s.