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Former Royals captain retires

Former Royals captain retires

Former Reading captain Graeme Murty has retired from football after a highly successful 17 year career.

The 37-year old started his career at York City, where he made over 100 appearances in his five year tenure. This led to a £700k move to Division Two side Reading in the summer of 1998, despite injury hindering his process.

Murty would then enjoy his best days at the Berkshire side, where he made 306 appearances in over 10 years at the club and led them to the Premier League for the first time in the clubs history. In the first season under Murty's captaincy, they finished in a very credible eight position.

However, the season following they were relegated on the final day of the season. In the 2008/09 season, Murty was plagued by injury which led to him being loaned out to League One side Charlton for match fitness, where he played eight games under Alan Pardew.

After being released in May 2009, he linked up with Alan Pardew again at Southampton for a successful trial. He went onto play six games for the Saints, which proved to be his last action in football as he was released the following year in May 2010.

Murty also managed to gain four caps for Scotland during his career. He is now currently perusing a coaching career after completing his badges. Graeme also does plenty of work in the media for Sky Sports and the BBC.

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Writer:Josh
Date:Thursday February 23 2012
Time: 1:52PM

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