PAUL Robinson paid tribute to his Burnley colleagues after announcing his retirement from football.

The 37-year-old has spent the last 18 months at Turf Moor and had been offered a one-year contract extension at the end of last season.

But former England goalkeeper Robinson has instead decided to hang up his gloves, citing the recurrence of a back injury towards the end of last season.

Robinson played three Premier League games for the Clarets last season due to injury and illness to Tom Heaton, and he thanked the staff at Turf Moor for giving him the chance to play top flight football again, almost five years after his last appearance at that level.

"I would like to say thank you to Sean Dyche, (goalkeeping coach) Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the premier league again at 37," Robinson said.

"In all my career I have never been a part of a more dedicated, hard working set of players and staff.

"I wish them and all my former clubs the very best of luck for next season."

On the reasons behind his decision to retire, Robinson said: "Unfortunately my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season. Taking everything into consideration I've decided to announce my retirement.

"I have been very fortunate to play the game I love for so many years and make it my career.

"I intend to take a short time out to spend time with my family and explore the different options available to me.

"I would like to sincerely thank all my family and friends who have stood by me throughout my playing career.

"I have been very lucky to play for four very special football clubs and my country, I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters and staff of every one as I was able to build a very special relationship with each."

Sean Dyche brought Robinson to Turf Moor in January 2016 and said he'd played a big part in the club's success over the last couple of years.

“Paul played a big part in what we have achieved over the past couple of seasons – literally at times last season – and always as an important member of the group," the Clarets chief said.

“He made a big contribution during his time at Burnley and we would all like to wish him well in his next venture, as well as making sure that he will always welcome back at Turf Moor.”