Former Aston Villa, West Brom, Leeds United and Hull City star retires at 36

The winger has hung up his boots after a 20-year career in professional football.
Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.
Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.

Former Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion winger Robert Snodgrass has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36.

The ex-Scotland international, who also played for Leeds United, Norwich City, Hull City and Luton Town, has called it a day after 583 professional club matches across spells at 10 different teams. Snodgrass ended his career at Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian, where he netted one goal in 23 matches.

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His greatest days were in the Premier League and Championship, though. Snodgrass' first big move was from Livingston to Leeds United in 2008, where he went on to play a career-high 191 games, contributing 41 goals and 40 assists. From there, the Scotsman moved to Norwich City for two years in the Premier League, before a £7.5 million transfer to Hull City in 2014.

Snodgrass, who had already ramped up around 375 English league appearances at this point, completed a switch to West Ham United for around £12 million in 2017. His first season with the Hammers wasn't overly successful but a loan to Villa in the Championship reignited his career.

Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.
Robert Snodgrass has retired from professional football.

The Villans were thankful to have the winger as he played 40 times, scoring eight goals and assisting a further 13 throughout the 2017/18 season. Villa didn't go up that year but it was a decent effort - with Snodgrass playing a big part - as they got to the play-offs.

Returning to West Ham after a campaign at Villa Park, Snodgrass had two more years before completing a move to West Brom. The Baggies offered the forward one more season in the Premier League before a brief final stint in the Championship, including a move to Luton Town in 2021/22. From there, Snodgrass headed to Hearts to finish his playing days.

Every word Snodgrass said upon retirement

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Taking to X (formerly Twitter) to announce the news, Snodgrass wrote: "After 20 years of playing professional football I have officially retired and decided to call it a day and hang the boots up. A little lad from the east end of Glasgow got to live his childhood dream for 20 years playing at 10 great clubs meeting amazing people and building relationships with staff and people around those clubs.

"Getting to represent my country, playing over 600-plus games. scoring over 100 goals and 100-plus assists is something I wouldn’t have never imagined doing. Then, getting told in 2014 I might never play football again after a career-ending knee injury to then come back and play another 250-plus games is something I am grateful for.

"Thank you to my team mates and coaches. Thank you to the supporters who drove me forward and supported me through good and bad times, I always tried to play for the badge and what that meant to the fans and the history and traditions of your football club.

"Also knowing the money yous paid to come and watch, the least you deserved was a minimum of hard work and I hope I showed you that. I will miss this beautiful game but after the last six months it’s time to give my knowledge and help to the next generation," Snodgrass said.

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