Last Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:13
Oxford striker Dave Kitson has announced he is to retire from football.
The 34-year-old, who made 30 appearances for the U's last season, informed manager Michael Appleton of his decision at the end of last week and will leave the club by mutual consent.
"I worked with Dave at Portsmouth so I have known him for a while," Appleton told the club's official website.
"He is a very honest man who I have a lot of respect for. He came to me on Friday and told me that he would like to retire.
"I asked him to take the weekend to think it over. It is a massive decision for any player to have to take and I felt he deserved a little time to weigh it all up.
"He came back to us over the weekend and told us that his mind was made up, and so we respect that decision and wish Dave all the best for the future."
Kitson began his professional career at Cambridge United in 2001 before spells with Reading, Stoke, who paid B£5.5million for him in 2008, Portsmouth and Sheffield United.
He joined Oxford on a free transfer in the summer of 2013 and scored four goals for the club.
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