Melbourne City have confirmed the retirement from professional football of Thomas Sorensen after a decorated 24-year career, including more than a decade in the Premier League.
The Danish goalkeeper kick started his career playing for his local side Odense BK in 1993. After impressing during loan spells at Velje and Svendborg across the first five years, he went on to sign to English First Division club Sunderland, making 171 appearances and helping them to promotion to the English Premier League.
From there he moved to Aston Villa and Stoke City, spending 17 years in total playing for the English sides before joining Melbourne City in 2015, where the 41-year-old made 37 appearance over two seasons and named club man of the year back in April.
Sorensen’s international career spanned 10 years during which time he made 101 appearances for Denmark.
Reflecting on the decision to retire, Sorensen told City: “It was a very challenging decision, but after reflecting on my career and my achievements to this point, I knew the time was right, both mentally and physically.
“I’ve been in a privileged position to play the game I love and enjoy a career of over 20 years, which has included many, many highlights and I will look back on my career very fondly.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, my wife, kids and the amazing support from everyone involved at the Club, especially the players, the coaching staff and our passionate fans and members.
“Both the Club and the people we have met in Melbourne have made myself and my family very welcome and it has been a fantastic experience to not only play in the A-League but to live here in Melbourne too.
“So much so, we are committed to staying here following my retirement and I would recommend any players who had the opportunity to play and live here to do so without hesitation.”