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Verheyen brings retirement forward

Published: Wednesday 1 March 2006, 19.26CET
Club Brugge KV's captain Gert Verheyen has reneged on his decision to extend his career into next season and will retire at the end of the campaign.

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Published: Wednesday 1 March 2006, 19.26CET

Verheyen brings retirement forward

Club Brugge KV's captain Gert Verheyen has reneged on his decision to extend his career into next season and will retire at the end of the campaign.
Club Brugge KV's veteran captain Gert Verheyen has reneged on his decision to extend his career into next season and will now retire at the end of the current campaign.

Change of heart
The 35-year-old had started the season saying this would be his last, but a change of heart in December prompted him to accept Club Brugge's offer of a contract extension taking him through to June 2007. However, the former Belgium forward has had another rethink and following talks, Club Brugge have agreed to cancel the extended deal. "Physically, I could continue," said Verheyen, who was capped 50 times by his country. "But mentally, I have begun to feel like I have reached my limit."

Glittering career
Verheyen joined Club Brugge in 1992 after spells with K. Lierse SK and RSC Anderlecht, and has subsequently scored 152 league goals in 405 games. He has won four Belgian championships and four Belgian Cups at the Jan Breydel Stadion to add to the league and cup he lifted with Anderlecht. Last week, Verheyen struck his 23rd UEFA competition goal for Club Brugge in the 2-1 UEFA Cup defeat at AS Roma, a club record.

Last updated: 02/03/06 0.08CET

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