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The hardest decision of my life

Filed: Monday, 4th February 2019
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham Academy star Zavon Hines has retired from football - at the grand old age of just 30.

The Jamaica-born striker began life at West Ham and made 31 appearance for the first team between 2008 and 2011 before joining Coventry City.

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Following a spell in the Midlands, Hines also represented Burnley, Bournemouth, Bradford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend before moving in to non-league - where he featured for Maidstone, Chesterfield and Bromley.

However having made just six appearances for latest club Bromley, whom he joined last December, Hines has opted to call time on a colourful career following "medical advice".

Speaking in an emotional farewell via social media, Hines admitted that it had been a difficult decision to make. "The past few weeks have been the toughest of my career," he wrote.

"I had to make one of the hardest decisions in my life and now as I wrote this message I'm still in tears. But after getting medical advice and with a broken heart, I'm going to retire from professional football immediately.

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"Mentally and emotionally this is so difficult for me but I had a choice to make. I've been honoured and blessed to play for some historical and massive clubs in my career and I'm truly grateful.

"I want to give a special 'thank you' to West Ham United for opening the door for me to play professional football at the highest domestic level. You will foever be in my heart.

"I don't know what the future holds for me yet but I trust that God has something great planned for me. God bless and I love you all."

Hines scored five goals in all during his spell at West Ham, but will be most fondly remembered for scoring the last of West Ham's goals in a 3-1 Carling Cup win over bitter rivals Millwall in August 2009.

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