Birmingham City favorite announces retirement plan after 21-years of extraordinary career

Joe Hart played on loan for Birmingham City in 2009/10 when they posted their highest league finish of Premier League era.

Celtic stopper Joe Hart set to retire at end of the season | LiveScore

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper Joe Hart has declared that he will retire from football at the end of the season, when his season with Celtic has completed. Hart, 36, has announced his intention to retire from football after playing nearly 700 games, a milestone he will reach before the season ends.

Hart, who is from Shrewsbury, joined the Blues as a newly promoted team under Alex McLeish in 2009, on loan from Manchester City. He went on to assist the team finish ninth, thanks in large part to his goalkeeping and the powerful centre-back duo of Scott Dann and Roger Johnson.

Hart, aged 21, maintained 12 clean sheets in all competitions as the Blues stayed undefeated in the league and advanced to the FA Cup quarterfinals. The two Premier League games he did not play in were at home and away to parent club City, and he produced form that won him a PFA Young Player of the Year nomination and a spot on the PFA Team of the Year.

The goalie returned to Manchester City the next season and, within two years, had won the Premier League title. Hart, who also has 75 caps for England and was a member of the World Cup and Euros squads from 2010 to 2016, won five domestic titles with City and has already won the same number of medals at Celtic, including the treble last year. The Bhoys can still complete a double this season.

Hart, who has also played for Shrewsbury, Tranmere, Blackpool, Torino, West Ham, Burnley, and Tottenham, told club TV that he will retire from professional football in June. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. There is no right or wrong timing, but the way this club operates right now has a lot riding on it.

“There’s so much heart and soul poured into what we’re doing as a football club, with the overall plan, the fan base, and the talks that go on around it. There is certainly a discussion over the goalkeeping position for next season, so I thought it was vital with the club’s approval. I’ve discussed with the club, Brendan (Rodgers), and Stevie Woods, that if we get the word out, it will leave one less thing for people to speculate about.”

 

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