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Football: BRAVE BULLY FORCED TO QUIT.

WOLVES striker Steve Bull last night announced his retirement because of a persistent knee injury.

The 34-year-old former England striker was sidelined for more than half of last season.

Bull has scored 306 goals in 561 games since signing from neighbours West Bromwich Albion in November 1986.

He is currently with the Wolves squad on a four-game tour of Sweden and will remain with them until their return on Monday.

"I said I'd give it one last shot but after these latest problems I have to accept that I can't go on," he said. "I've been advised that retiring is the best thing to do."

Bull, a cult figure at Molineux, added: "I've had a great career at Wolves and the time is right to call it a day. I haven't given any serious thought to my future. I need time to think it all through."

Wolves boss Colin Lee said: "Steve has given everything to get back to full fitness but it became obvious during pre-season training that he couldn't continue.

"His record speaks for itself and it's very unfortunate that he's had to finish like this."

Bull, who won 13 England caps and scored four goals for his country, made 462 League appearances for Wolves and was awarded a testimonial in July 1997.

He scored his last goal - his 250th League strike for his club - at home to Bury last September.

Club owner Sir Jack Hayward said: "I am very sorry to hear this news. Steve has been a fantastic servant to the club. I am sure I speak for every Wolves supporter when I say his presence in a gold and black shirt will be sorely missed."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Moore, David
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 1999
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