Julian Bennett: Former Southend United defender retires with injury
Former Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Southend defender Julian Bennett has been forced to retire because of a longstanding knee injury.
The 30-year-old former Walsall trainee suffered the injury on his Shrimpers debut against Yeovil in August 2013 and has not played a game since then.
He made a total of 215 appearances in his career, scoring 15 goals.
"From the bottom of my heart I thank my family, friends, staff, fans and all the good people I've met," he tweeted.