Thomas Sorensen confirms retirement from professional football
Thomas Sorensen has hung up his gloves but may not be lost to the A-League, as he considers a coaching role with Melbourne City.
The Danish goalkeeper announced his retirement on Monday after a decorated 24-year career, including more than a decade in the Premier League.
In his two seasons at City, Sorensen became a fan favourite.
He was named the A-League's goalkeeper of the year in his first campaign but was bizarrely overlooked in season two despite a series of howlers from first-choice custodian Dean Bouzanis.
Despite his age, Sorensen, 41, said it was a "very challenging" decision to retire.
"After reflecting on my career and my achievements to this point, I knew the time was right, both mentally and physically," he said.
"I've been in a privileged position to play the game I love and enjoy a career of over 20 years, which has included many, many highlights and I will look back on my career very fondly."
Sorensen played for English sides Aston Villa, Sunderland and Stoke City and represented his country at two World Cups and two European Championships.
He has enjoyed his time in Melbourne so much, he is sticking around with his family.
"We are committed to staying here following my retirement and I would recommend any players who had the opportunity to play and live here to do so without hesitation," he said.
City are exploring the possibility of keeping Sorensen on in a coaching role.
City Football Group executive Brian Marwood hailed Sorensen's cultural footprint.
"He has made an invaluable impact on many of our players, particularly our younger developing players, who have been able to draw from his vast footballing experience," he said.
Sorensen will also coordinate another long distance cycle for charity.
Prior to his A-League move, Sorensen covered 5,000km across the United States to raise $125,000 for KidsAid.
He is planning a 3500km cycle across Australia in February 2018.