By Harvey Byrne
Sam Ricketts was forced to retire from football on Wednesday with a knee injury – and Wolves supporters have paid tribute to their former player on Twitter.
The 35-year-old left Wolves for Coventry in the summer of 2015, but the Sky Blues captain’s career has ended early following an injury.
His last appearance came on October 15, with Coventry losing 3-0 against Charlton, and the club paid tribute to their former leader with an article on the club website and making him their featured photo on Twitter.
— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) November 16, 2016
He featured for Wolves for two years, playing in 51 fixtures, and is still fondly remembered by fans on social media.
Here is a selection of messages from supporters:
Best of luck to Ricketts in his retirement fantastic captain and helped us so much, also that goal V Rotherham was legendary #wwfc
— Bradley Parker (@parker_bradley) November 16, 2016
— Paul Thompson (@wolves_man1877) November 16, 2016
— Stephen Lapper (@stephenlapper) November 16, 2016
All the best Sam Ricketts, grateful for all you did #wwfc
— Claire Hughes (@clairelahughes) November 16, 2016
— Kevin Astley (@kevtheman10) November 16, 2016
Sam Ricketts was brilliant for us. Wish him all the best and hope he stays in the game. Model professional.#wwfc
— robc306 (@robc306) November 16, 2016
— Joe Davies (@Joedavieswwfc) November 16, 2016
Ricketts played for six teams over the duration of his career with Wolves, Coventry, Hull, Bolton, Swansea and Swindon.
He racked up 450 appearances during his career, while also earning 52 caps for Wales and he will be remembered fondly by his past club’s supporters as well as his national team’s.
Now turning their attentions to the league, Wolves will face Preston in new manager Paul Lambert’s first match in charge.
The Midlands side are currently sat in the lower reaches of the Championship in 19th place following pre-season optimism after a takeover from Chinese investors Fosun.
In other Wolves news, Steve Bull gave his verdict on Lambert.