Former Rovers striker Jason Roberts announces retirement

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

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FORMER Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts has announced his retirement from football.

The 36-year-old left Ewood Park for Reading in 2012 but has been battling injury problems this season.

Roberts made 156 appearances during his five and a half year spell at Rovers scoring 28 goals including one in the FA Cup semi final defeat to Chelsea in 2007.

Roberts moved to Rovers from Wigan for a fee of around £3m in the summer of 2006 and also had spells with Portsmouth, West Brom and Bristol Rovers.

"It is with great sadness that I have to announce my retirement from professional football on medical grounds," said Roberts.

"I have had an amazing 17 years playing professional football and I'm proud of everything I've achieved and am grateful for all that I've experienced.

"I've played in every division and I have fond memories of my time at each and every club I have represented, and also playing internationally for Grenada. I am now looking forward to the future and having time to focus on my charity The Jason Roberts Foundation.

"I am also excited about continuing my media work and having recently passed my corporate governance exams, I'm looking forward to exploring this area further.

"I have met many fantastic people during my time as a player and I am grateful to the game for the opportunities it has given me.

"I'd also like to thank the fans of all the clubs I have represented for their continued support during my career and especially through my recent rehab."

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4:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

rowlanda says...

I believe he was much underrated during his time at Rovers. He may not have scored as many goals as he or supporters would have wished but he alays put I a good shift when played. I wish him well in his retirement.
I believe he was much underrated during his time at Rovers. He may not have scored as many goals as he or supporters would have wished but he alays put I a good shift when played. I wish him well in his retirement. rowlanda
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5:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

stick to football says...

I agree rowlanda he played at a time whn we had quality in all areas and he would never hide even when goals did not flow.

Think we will see a lot more of him on TV in future. Good luck whatever is held in store for you Jason
I agree rowlanda he played at a time whn we had quality in all areas and he would never hide even when goals did not flow. Think we will see a lot more of him on TV in future. Good luck whatever is held in store for you Jason stick to football
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7:17pm Thu 20 Mar 14

George Oghani's Ironing Board says...

Come on let's be honest shall we he couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo when he was with us, however put him next to Leon Best and I would have Jase any day of the week. Good Luck to the lad I say and his charity work really is admirable, he always put a shift in as already mentioned which is all we ask really isn't it? Check out his finishing school clip on you tube, ha ha ha All the best JR
Come on let's be honest shall we he couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo when he was with us, however put him next to Leon Best and I would have Jase any day of the week. Good Luck to the lad I say and his charity work really is admirable, he always put a shift in as already mentioned which is all we ask really isn't it? Check out his finishing school clip on you tube, ha ha ha All the best JR George Oghani's Ironing Board
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7:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

guiderover says...

All the best JR!I'll never forget the semi final,were you scored against Chelsea.Great day, shame about the result.Oh Peders that header!
All the best JR!I'll never forget the semi final,were you scored against Chelsea.Great day, shame about the result.Oh Peders that header! guiderover
  • Score: 11

10:56pm Thu 20 Mar 14

owd nick says...

Thanks JR, good, honest professional who always gave 100%.
Thanks JR, good, honest professional who always gave 100%. owd nick
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7:20am Fri 21 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Good bloke but frustrating to watch, not a clinical finisher and didn't put himself about enough for my liking. Impressed with the charity work though, have to respect that.
Good bloke but frustrating to watch, not a clinical finisher and didn't put himself about enough for my liking. Impressed with the charity work though, have to respect that. greenscreener
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9:15am Fri 21 Mar 14

chez rover says...

Great bloke and a top professional.
Memories……
Losing 3-2 at home to Everton but two cracking goals from us. 30 yrd from Nzonzi and a half volley from Jason. I spoke to Jason a few weeks later away at Wolves and mentioned his goal against Everton

Jason “ Yeah I caught it well, I knew it was going in when I hit it.
Me “Why can’t you do that from 5 yards out”
Jason laughs “ I don’t know”

Good luck to Jason whatever he decides to do.
Great bloke and a top professional. Memories…… Losing 3-2 at home to Everton but two cracking goals from us. 30 yrd from Nzonzi and a half volley from Jason. I spoke to Jason a few weeks later away at Wolves and mentioned his goal against Everton Jason “ Yeah I caught it well, I knew it was going in when I hit it. Me “Why can’t you do that from 5 yards out” Jason laughs “ I don’t know” Good luck to Jason whatever he decides to do. chez rover
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