Former Cheltenham, Scunthorpe and Peterborough midfielder Grant McCann has announced his retirement from professional football.
The former Northern Ireland international enjoyed a career spanning 18 years, making over 500 league appearances and scoring over 100 goals.
He retires from playing to concentrate on his coaching career, and will continue in the role of assistant manager at Peterborough which he took on in May.
McCann began his career at West Ham United in 1998, but found it hard to break into the first team and left the Hammers to join Cheltenham Town in 2003, following two successful loan spells with the Gloucestershire club.
After amassing almost 200 appearances for the Robins, he left in 2007 to join Barnsley for a fee of £100,000. However, he spent only one year at Oakwell and left to join Championship rivals Scunthorpe United.
During his time with the Iron, McCann played in over 100 games and scored 20 times before leaving for Peterborough in 2010.
He was made Posh captain by manager Darren Ferguson and amassed just shy of 200 appearances for the club in five years, scoring in the 2011 play-off final as the club beat Huddersfield Town 3-0, but he left London Road in January of this year to return to Northern Ireland with Linfield.
His time in Belfast didn’t last long, however, and after only five games, he returned to Peterborough a month after leaving to join the coaching staff under new manager Dave Robertson.
Speaking to Peterborough’s official website after announcing his retirement, McCann said: “I have had so many highs during my playing career and I look back with great pride.
“I left Northern Ireland at the age of 16 to fulfil my dream of making it as a professsional footballer and to play in the Premier League and every professional league in England has been something that I have really enjoyed.
“I have been promoted three times and each time has been an unbelievable feeling. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those clubs that I have represented and the fans for the support that I have received during my career.
“I have been fortunate to represent my country, Northern Ireland, 39 times and have played against some of the best players in the world.
“Now I want to concentrate on helping the young lads at Peterborough flourish and pass on my knowledge to them. I can concentrate on being the best coach I can possibly be for the football club that I love.”