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Yann Kermorgant Confirms Retirement Date

The French striker revealed his footballing exit plan this afternoon.

Manchester United v Reading - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

For the amount of work he puts in at both ends of the pitch, you wouldn't realise that Yann Kermorgant is 36 in November. Yet age is creeping up on the Reading striker, who told the assembled media, including us here from TTE, that he's quitting the game when his current deal expires at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Next season will be my last, so that's why I'd love to get promotion and then finish next season in the Premier League. When I got promoted with Bournemouth I was desperate to have a go in the Premier League, I knew I wouldn't play every week but I didn't expect to be not given any chances. In the end I started just one game so it was a bit difficult for me take, but that's football. To be given the chance to get back in the Premier League at 36 would be amazing.

I don't know where we'll be next season but whatever happens I'll retire. It's been a long time in football away from family and friends, not just for me but for my wife.

Kermorgant, famously suffered play-off heartbreak with Leicester in 2010 and he said the chance to play at Wembley was one of the final missing pieces to what's been a successful career so far.

I said before the season, because of my age I don't have many years left, that this might be my last chance to push for the play-offs and try to go to Wembley. So I said to the manager I wanted to try and push for another year (on my contract) and go in the play-offs, so maybe we'll do both, which is good.

Yann didn't confirm exactly what he'd be doing afterwards but did mention something in investment appealed. If he works half as hard as he does outside of football as he does on the pitch, I'm sure he'll be a massive success.

So all the best Yann, fingers crossed we can tick off a play-off final and a season in the Premier League before you hang the boots up.