Aston Villa veteran Chris Sutton has decided to hang up his boots after he failed to recover from the eye injury which kept him sidelined for an extended period last season.
Agent Tony McGill said: "I spoke to Chris on Wednesday and, given the eye problem, he has decided to retire.
"If Chris had declared his eye was okay, he would probably have got another year at Villa.
"But he decided that he could not do himself justice with the eye injury and - more importantly - he has taken into account the effects it might have on his future life.
"It is disappointing but it is not as though he is starting his career."