Former Reading captain Graeme Murty retires

Former Reading captain Graeme Murty has announced his retirement from football.

Murty, 37, made 339 appearances for the Royals and led the side into the Premier League in 2005-06.

The defender, who began his career at York, was also capped four times by Scotland and ended his career with Southampton, playing nine times.

"It's been a hard decision but I've not been able to take up a level of fitness that I would be comfortable with," Murty told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"I don't want to be the footballer who knows a great deal and who is good on the ball but can't run and lumbers around.

"I want to contribute and I think the best way to do that is by coaching and that is going to be my new career."

As well as coaching Murty will continue to work as a pundit on the BBC's Late Kick Off South, South West and West show every Monday at 2305 GMT.