Ex-Brighton midfielder Davy Propper retires from football aged 30 4 months ago

Ex-Brighton midfielder Davy Propper retires from football aged 30

Propper spent four years at Brighton

Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper has announced his retirement from football at the age of 30, saying he "doesn't feel comfortable in the world of football".

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The Dutchman - who has registered 19 caps for the Netherlands - left the Seagulls last summer to re-join PSV Eindhoven. 

He spent four years at the Amex Stadium, making 121 appearances and scoring two goals.

In a statement, released by PSV, he cited the Covid-19 pandemic and a "hectic football schedule" for his decision to step away from the game.

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"When I was abroad, I gradually lost the love for the game," he said.

Propper added: "It was difficult for me to observe the discipline needed to perform at my best and have my life ruled by a hectic football schedule.

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"And the coronavirus crisis and the lack of visits from relatives and friends haven't done me any good, either.

"I'm grateful the club (PSV) has made me feel welcome. I had hoped to rediscover the joy in playing football but it was not to be as I don't feel comfortable in the world of football. I don't want to be part of it any longer.

"I made the final decision to call time on my playing career before Christmas and it feels like a relief. That's why I know I've made the right choice."

His contract with the Dutch club has been terminated by mutual consent with 18 months left - having made 105 appearances - including 16 this season - and scoring 23 goals and grabbing 21 assists.

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