Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has announced that he is retiring from professional football.
The 29-year-old inspired thousands throughout his football career, having twice fought back from cancer to play football once again and cites his retirement to pushing ‘his body to the absolute limit’.
The iconic moment of Thompson’s career came back in May 2018 as he scored the goal which kept his side in League One on the final day of the season, completing a remarkable comeback into the first team.
It came less than six months after he made his second return from cancer back in December 2017.
Thompson began his professional career with Rochdale in 2006, remaining with the club until 2012 when he moved on to Tranmere Rovers. It was there where the midfielder was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma back in 2013, before then making a full recovery from the illness in 2014.
Short-term spells with Bury, Wrexham, Southport and Carlisle United all followed, before Thompson then rejoined Rochdale in the summer of 2016. Thompson was diagnosed with cancer once again in 2017, but incredibly made his return to the first team in the same year.