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Hogg retires for family's sake

Chris Hogg, the former Hibernian captain, has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of just 28.

The erstwhile defender had been without a club since leaving Inverness Caledonian Thistle during the summer and has cited a reluctance to continually move his young family around the country as his reason for calling it a day.

The Englishman had resolved to retire in the summer. He has been left with a few colourful memories, not least when he was part of the last Hibs squad to win a major trophy - the CIS Insurance Cup in 2007.

Hogg made 169 appearances for Hibs in six seasons and was appointed captain in 2009 following the departure of Rob Jones. Hogg then left to join Inverness in 2011, playing 25 times for the Highland club.

The former Ipswich Town and Boston United defender struggled with injury in the latter part of his career, missing the majority of last season as he recovered from serious cruciate ligament damage to his knee. However, Hogg is adamant he has walked away from the game due to personal concerns, rather than worries about his fitness.

"Just to let people know that I decided to retire from professional football in the summer. Not through choice but lack of the right opportunity," Hogg wrote on Twitter. "It's been hard to take but with my young family it was the right thing to do. It's changed days in the professional game and to drag them around the country every year or so just isn't good.

"Abroad options were not really viable and to stay professional at the levels available just wasn't for me. I always wanted to achieve more but had great times."

Hogg made his final competitive appearance last May, as part of an Inverness side which suffered a 1-0 derby defeat by Ross County.

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