Keeper Pressman forced to retire
Goalkeeper Kevin Pressman has retired following a 19-year career.
The 38-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday keeper said he had been forced into the decision after leaving Mansfield at the end of last season.
"There have been no phone calls, no offers to play football," he told the Sheffield Star.
"I can't sit around forever waiting for the phone to ring. They say don't pack football in too early; it seems football has packed me in."
Pressman spent nine years at Sheffield Wednesday, making over 400 appearances.
He also had spells at Stoke, West Brom, Leicester, Leeds, Coventry and Mansfield.
Pressie packs in football
Sheffield Star, 15 July 2006
KEVIN Pressman is quitting football.
The former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper is finally hanging up his gloves after more than 500 games.
Prezzie said there had been "no phone calls, no offers to play football.
"I can't sit around forever just waiting for the phone to ring. They say don't pack football in too early; it seems football has packed me in.
"I'm confident I could do a job at Championship level for a few seasons but that's not going to be.
"I was told a month before the end of the season that Mansfield would be okay to get another contract. At the end I was told there was nothing.
"That's the politics of football. As a player you don't want to get involved in that.''
The 38-year was last on the books at Mansfield but Pressman will be remembered for his nine years at Hillsborough. He clocked up over 400 League appearances for the Owls, becoming an established Premiership keeper.
He said: "My dream would be to go back to Wednesday as a player and coach and help them out of the difficulties they have now.''
He regards promotion and playing in the top flight with the Owls, along with England recognition, as the highlights of his career.
He won England Under-21 honours and England B caps.
He was released in 2004 and played at Leicester before joining Mansfield.
He played 41 times last season in the league alone.
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