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Nottingham Forest captain announces retirement and admits he has enjoyed every minute



Nottingham Forest played out a 0-0 draw with Bristol City yesterday to signal the end of their home fixtures for the 2017/18 campaign and the game also saw Reds’ captain Chris Cohen end his playing career following an 11-year spell at the City Ground.

The club’s longest serving player has opted to bring his playing days to an end after admitting defeat in his battle to fully recover from three serious knee ligament injuries.

The 31-year-old has played just over 300 appearances for Forest and his passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the Reds’ cause has adhered him to the club’s ardent faithful.

Cohen did conceded, however, that the Forest story is not over and he will now continue in a coaching capacity with the club’s Under-23 side.

Following his final bow, Cohen took the time to speak with the Nottingham Post and admitted that he has enjoyed every single moment of playing for Nottingham Forest.

He said: ” I have enjoyed every single minute of playing for this football club but now we are on to the next phase of my career now.

” I am overwhelmed with the nice things people have said; with the reaction I got when I came on and when I was warming up on the touchline before that. Then of course there is the reaction I got from the lads in the dressing room and from the manager.”

Cohen’s hand has been forced in his quest to continue playing but the impact on the severe knee injuries suffered has now taken a toll on his body.

He continued: “It was a decision that was forced on me. I can do one day where I can go quite hard and train, but then the next day I cannot pick up my little boy of do all the things that you normally do to have a normal life.

“I knew around Christmas time. I had genuinely thought, at the end of last season, that I would have one or two more years in me.”

Cohen was grateful for the opportunity to say goodbye to the supporters who have consistently backing him and after hanging up his boots he had a firm message for his team-mates.

He concluded: “I won’t be playing and I said to the boys in the dressing room that they have to play for as long as they can, because it is the best job in the world.

“You need to keep perspective and enjoy it because there is not other feeling like being out there on the football pitch.”

Nottingham Forest fans, do you think that Cohen will go down as a club legend? Let us know in the comments below!!!

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