Accrington Stanley have announced that Billy Kee has retired from full-time professional football due to health reasons.
Kee didn’t return to pre-season with the League One side in the summer of 2019 due to a long battle with mental health issues, which the club helped support him with.
The forward scored 83 goals in 240 appearances for Stanley in two separate spells with the club.
Speaking in an interview with Accrington Stanley’s official website after the announcement, Kee admitted that he feels as though the decision to retire is the right one for his health, which will be pleasing to hear.
“Everyone knows my ongoing issues with depression and anxiety and in the summer I made it known about my bulimia which has affected me since I was at Leicester.
“The most important thing is my health and my family, my wife Leigh and two sons and, now I have made the decision, I feel in a better place.”
Kee is set to be present for Accrington Stanley’s next game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday to thank the club and their fans for their support.
Plenty of Accrington Stanley supporters took to social media to react to this latest announcement from Kee.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
— Neil hajworonskyj (@neilhaj) January 29, 2020
Sad and good news at the same time. Sad to see him leave but glad for him he’s reached a conclusion to suit himself. Best of luck to Billy Kee after a great career at our level. Wishing him and his family health and happiness for the future 👍
— Mancgas (@mancgas) January 29, 2020
You will be missed Billy. You have made a decision that I’m sure was so difficult for you but you have to put your health first.
Good luck in the next chapter of your life, wishing you and your family health and happiness ❤️
— Nicky Chambers (@chambers_nic) January 29, 2020
What a shame. Looked like a really talented player every time I saw him…. but health amd family more important than football. All the best.
— Fiona Hall (@FionaBFChall) January 29, 2020
Brave and sad Billy. All the best for the future. Hopefully the demons can be exorcised and you can come back. Either way, I hope this decision gives you some peace.
— MichaelJanuszkiewicz (@yana1867) January 29, 2020
Best of luck to you Billy. Your health and family is your priority and it sounds like your decision has already had a positive effect for you. 👍🏻
— Gareth Tunnicliffe (@Tunni12) January 29, 2020
Billy has been a cracking player for Accrington would always worry when he got the ball when he played against argyle, good luck in your future Billy 💚
— Sarah Mason-Palmer (@Macy___93) January 29, 2020
All the best Billy, I really hope you get to a good place with your MH after showing immense bravery.
Good luck in your future … the football world will be weaker without you 👍🏻
— Pete Meredith (@worzel999) January 29, 2020
Sad for football, but good if it is steps to look after himself.
All the best Billy. #StandingWithBilly
— MFW Gav (@MincheryFarmWeb) January 29, 2020
Really sorry to hear this. Always rated him. Would have loved him to where the blue quarters of Wycombe. Hope he can get through this tough time.
— Dave Gardner (@DaveGar46553057) January 29, 2020
Sad news that, really impressed by him. Good luck and good health for your future Billy. 💪🏼 #footballfamily
— Howler (@41Howler) January 29, 2020
What a real shame 😩 can only wish him all the best going forward and hopes he finds solitude
— Faithful Hatter (@FaithfulHatter) January 29, 2020
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