Alan Connell: Former Bournemouth striker retires aged 33 to focus on coaching

Alan Connell
Alan Connell was part of the Bradford side which reached the League Cup final in 2013

Former Bournemouth, Swindon and Bradford striker Alan Connell has retired from playing to move into coaching full-time.

The 33-year-old, who works at Bournemouth's academy, most recently played for non-league side Poole Town.

"I'm really fortunate to have done what I have in my career and there's no bitterness looking back," he said.

"I had the chance to play another year of non-league football, but right now I'm enjoying coaching much more."

Connell enjoyed promotions with Bournemouth, Swindon and Bradford. His time with the Bantams also included a run to the League Cup final and a Wembley play-off final victory in 2013.

He also played for Brentford, Northampton and Grimsby.

"The last two years, I've been playing while carrying some injuries," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"There's other things going on in my life away from football too and I felt the time was right to move on."

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