Chris Kirkland has left Bury just two months after putting pen to paper.
The 35-year-old, who played 45 games for us between 2001 and 2004 and won one cap for England, cited personal reasons.
“I have asked Bury FC to cancel my contract with immediate effect and I am thankful to the gaffer and the chairman for the compassion and understanding they have shown,” said Chris (via Echo).
“I know people will find it hard to understand why someone like myself, who has been lucky enough to have spent my professional life in football and enjoyed all the benefits that comes with that, needs some time and space away from the game; however, it’s a decision I’ve taken putting my families future and well-being first.”
He went on to add that he wasn’t turning his back on the game for good:
“I hope, at the appropriate time, I might be able to, again, be involved and work within football, either as a player or in coaching or even work within the community. I believe that taking this break will allow me to come back refreshed.”
After leaving Liverpool, Kirkland went on to play for West Brom, Wigan, Leicester, Doncaster, Sheff Wed, and Preston – though he career was frequently blighted by injuries.