FLETCHER: GOING UP HAS MADE ME RETIRE
VETERAN Bournemouth striker Steve Fletcher claims helping the Cherries into the Championship has contributed to his retirement.
Fletcher, 40, holds the club record for appearances with Bournemouth and has spent 15 seasons at the club.
This season under Eddie Howe the Cherries stormed to automatic promotion that was sealed on a dramatic final day and, although Fletcher wanted to remain at Dean Court, boss Eddie Howe decided to look elsewhere as they prepare for life in the Championship.
“I saw Eddie Howe on Tuesday – we feel it will be difficult for me to be part of the squad next season,” said Fletcher.
“Probably getting into the Championship has backfired in respect to me being able to be around the team.
“He wasn’t telling me to retire, he said he respects me too much for that, but that it would be difficult to offer me a playing contract under the circumstances.
“I don’t want to go anywhere else. I’m 40 years of age, I’ve got to be sensible and realistic. I would love to have played in the Championship.
“But when you weigh things up, it’s probably better that I have a look at something to do in and around the first team.”
RETIRING: Steve Fletcher