Morgan retires

Thursday 9 May 2002

Former Fulham favourite Simon Morgan announced his retirement from the game on Wednesday night. The persistent knee injury that had dogged him all through the season has finally forced him to take the decision to quit.

After Albion's promotion to the First Division the influential central defender had been mulling over his future, but has taken specialist advice that continuing his career could risk serious long-term damage.

"I would love to have a bash at First Division football with the Albion next season," said Morgan, "But the knee is simply not up to it and I have finally had to concede that it's time to hang up my boots."

He has had a fantastic season since leaving Fulham, his centre back pairing with ex-White Danny Cullip forming the backbone of the team that swept to the Second Division title. The decision not to struggle on for another year was obviously a difficult one for Morgan.

"It's been a brilliant year," he said, "And I would like to thank everyone at Brighton. It's fabulous to finish on such a high note, it's just a shame I can't carry on."

Morgan will now take a well-deserved rest while he contemplates what his next career move will be.