Ryan Mason says he was “100% sure” he would return to soccer till just some weeks in the past.
The Hull City midfielder, 26, introduced his retirement from football on Tuesday, after struggling a fractured skull in opposition to Chelsea in 2017.
A current CT scan confirmed the harm’s results had been more serious than had beforehand been realised.
“That was a few weeks ago now and everything has really changed since then,” Mason told the club website.
He added that till the scan he had been “been giving it my absolute all to get back on that football pitch” and had been “100% sure that that would happen”.
But given the newest proof, he defined the choice to retire was “a no brainer”.
“I’ve got a son and a beautiful fiancee around me, so these are the sort of things that mean more to you than football when things are put into perspective,” he stated.
The former Tottenham man, who earned one England cap throughout his time at White Hart Lane, added: “The risks are just far too high – it’s 100% the right decision and I’m not going to regret it.”
The midfielder, who joined Hull from Tottenham in 2016 for about £13m and made 69 Premier League appearances total, continued: “I really feel proud of the issues that I’ve completed. I’ve lived my goals and I’ve achieved completely every little thing that I needed to.
“I’m excited concerning the future, I really feel like I’ve nonetheless bought loads to offer.
“It’s such a novel place to be retiring at 26. I’m nonetheless very younger and I will probably be captivated with no matter I selected to do and I’m assured that I will probably be a hit in it as a result of I do know I’ll throw myself at it and it should be thrilling.
“I’m fairly certain that no matter highway I’ll go down it would contain soccer as a result of it is my life and I nonetheless love the sport and I’ve all the time beloved it.”