Former Hibernian captain Chris Hogg has confirmed his retirement from professional football for family reasons at the age of just 28.
The Englishman, who was part of the last Hibs squad to win a major trophy when they lifted the CIS Insurance Cup with a 5-1 victory over Kilmarnock at Hampden in 2007, had been without a club since leaving Inverness during the summer.
The former Ipswich and Boston United defender struggled with injury in the latter part of his career, missing the majority of last season as he recovered from serious cruciate ligament damage to his knee.
However, Hogg is adamant he has not hung up his boots due to a lack of options, but because he is no longer willing to “drag” his family “up and down the country”.
“Just to let people know that I decided to retire from professional football in the summer. Not through choice but lack of the right opportunity,” the former England youth international Tweeted.
“It’s been hard to take but, with my young family, it was the right thing to do. It’s changed days in the professional game and to drag them around the country every year or so just isn’t good.
“Abroad options were not really viable and to stay professional at the levels available just wasn’t for me.”
He added: “Heartfelt thanks for all the support over the years from clubs/fans. [I will] Never forget that. I always wanted to achieve more but had great times.”
Hogg turned out 169 times for Hibs in six seasons and was named skipper in 2009 following the departure of Rob Jones. He left to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2011, playing 25 times for the Highland club.
Hogg’s final outing in senior football came last May as he featured for Caley in a 1-0 defeat at Ross County.