Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones announced today that he will retire from football at the age of 41.
The former Australia international made a total of 27 appearances for the Reds between joining in 2010 and leaving in 2015, keeping a total of eight clean sheets.
Jones’ first Premier League appearance came in memorable circumstances during the 2011/12 season, caused by an away draw at Blackburn Rovers when Doni was sent off on a penalty. The shot stopper pointed to the sky after saving Yakubu’s spot kick in tribute to his son Luca, who sadly lost his battle with leukemia at the age of five.
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“Luca is with me every day,” said Jones. “His picture is in my toiletry bag, his toys are in my travel bag. I take him everywhere. In that sense, I definitely have someone watching over me. It was nice to save the penalty because it was a difficult time with the loss of my son. Maybe he gave me that happiness.”
Jones would fall behind Pepe Reina, and later Simon Mignolet, in the club’s goalkeepers’ pecking order, leaving Liverpool to sign for Bradford City in 2015. He then spent two years in the Eredivisie with NEC and Feyenoord and three years in Saudi Arabia. before returning home to join his last club, Perth Glory.
Reacting to his decision to walk away from the game, the 2012 League Cup winner with the Reds tweeted: “It’s time to hang up my gloves and end this long journey that has taken me for the last time. around the world 25 years doing what I could only dream of as a young boy in Perth.
“I’ve had the privilege of playing alongside some of the best players in the world and working with some amazing coaches who have helped me along the way. To the fans of my former clubs, thank you for your support. To the fans of my former clubs, thank you for your support, it’s amazing to think that for some of them I lived through some historic moments.
“I have to thank my wife Dani who has had to make many sacrifices moving wherever my career took us. And also my 3 children who have now lived in 4 countries and have always adapted and made the decisions to move so much easier Unfortunately my time at Perth Glory was disrupted by niggles and what was initially considered a fairly minor injury has now sidelined me for over a year and finally put an end to my playing days. certain capacity and continue to be part of the beautiful game.”
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