Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom star to make huge career decision

Curtis Davies could be calling time on his footballing career. His club boss said the former Hull City man might retire. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)Curtis Davies could be calling time on his footballing career. His club boss said the former Hull City man might retire. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
Curtis Davies could be calling time on his footballing career. His club boss said the former Hull City man might retire. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Relegation from League One has given the former West Brom star a decision to make.

Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom defender Curtis Davies is expected to announce his retirement from football.

The 39-year-old played for three of the four West Midlands clubs across the Premier League and the Championship, and had a fairly respectable career. He suffered relegation from League One last weekend however with Cheltenham Town, who failed to beat Stevenage with Burton Albion staying up at their expense.

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Davies, who turned 39 last month is now expected to call time on his playing career. He began with Luton Town in 2003 in the second tier and now 21-years later, his time as a footballer looks to be coming to an end with the Robins.

In his post-match interview, Davies' manager Darrell Clarke said to GloucestershireLive: Curtis has just spoken and what a warrior he is. He'll probably call it a day now, but what a guy, what a guy.

"He said it was a privilege to play with these boys, for their resilience this season and he doesn't mince his words, so that's credit to the boys - they've had a response from a proper warrior."

London-born Davies first moved to the Midlands in 2005, joining West Brom for a reported £3m. He played 35 times in his first year at the club but suffered relegation, however he was named captain in the Championship. He stood down from the role in 2007 after a transfer request was rejected, and then he joined Aston Villa on loan, before it was turned in to a permanent deal for a fee between £8m to £11m in 2008. At Villa Park, he made 66 appearances in total though he said on his debut he 'looked like a pub team player'.

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A loan to Leicester City took place in the first-half of the 2010/11 campaign and then a permanent move across the city to Birmingham City took place. He was cup tied for Blues' Carling Cup run but went on to appear 106 times for them, with most coming in the Championship.

Davies moved to Hull City to work with Steve Bruce and he played 144 times for them, helping them win promotion back at the first attempt in 2016. His career then wound down with Derby County, playing five seasons in the Championship and then one year in League One. His highlights include being an FA Cup runner-up, a Championship play-off winner and he lifted the League One title with Luton in 2005. Should he bring an end to his career he will have played 679 games of his club football for eight different teams.

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