The forgotten ex-Liverpool star is retiring from football aged 41 after a career full of trophies including the League Cup
Former Liverpool star Brad Jones has announced his retirement from football aged 41.
The Australia international returned to his home country in 2021 to sign with Perth Glory.
Now the goalkeeper has decided to hang up his boots after his two-year contract there expired.
The former Reds and Middlesbrough stopper confirmed the news on social media, saying:
“It’s time to hang up my gloves and complete this long journey that has taken me around the world over the past 25 years to do what I only loved to do as a little boy in Perth could dream.
“I’ve had the privilege of playing with some of the best players in the world and working with some fantastic coaches who have helped me along the way.
“Thank you to the fans of my former clubs for your support. It’s amazing that I’ve been part of some historic moments with some of them.
“I have to thank my wife Dani who made many sacrifices in moving to where my career took us. And also my three children who have now lived in four countries and have always adapted and made the decision to move so much easier.
“Unfortunately my time at Perth Glory was interrupted by ailments and what was initially thought to be a relatively minor injury has now kept me away for over a year and ultimately ended my playing time.
“I hope that in the future I can remain connected to football in some way and continue to be part of this beautiful game.”
Jones was signed by the then Premier League Middlesbrough as a teenager in 1999 and rose through the ranks at their academy.
After 57 top-flight appearances for Boro and several spells on loan, including spells at Irish clubs Shelbourne, Stockport, Rotherham, Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday, he joined Anfield in 2010 for £2.3million.
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The lifelong Liverpool fan was Pepe Reina’s deputy during his five years at Merseyside, which included a loan spell at Derby, but made 27 appearances for the club.
He also won the League Cup medal in 2012 but left the Reds in 2015 for Bradford.
He then went to NEC in the Netherlands before moving to Feyenoord where he went on to win the Eredivisie title before spending three years at Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr from 2018 before returning to Australia.