Grezza admits 'tough' to retire

Graham Alexander confessed he was subject to a whirlwind of emotions as he bade a fitting farewell to Preston.

Last Updated: 30/04/12 at 13:38

Alexander: Ended career on high

Alexander: Ended career on high

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The 40-year-old - known fondly as Grezza to his teammates - came off the bench to sensationally score an injury-time free-kick and secure a 2-2 draw against League One champions Charlton on Saturday.

The trademark strike brought down the curtain on a professional career spanning 1,023 appearances that saw the former Scotland international honoured with a PFA Merit award at the players' union's end-of-season awards gala last weekend.

"It was a tough decision to retire but it's the right one," he told the Lancashire Evening Post. "The occasion was very emotional, there were a couple of times when I had to keep myself in check.

"I felt emotional driving to the ground on Saturday morning because it was my last day as a player. Then I got quite nervous about actually going out there and doing a job - things just took over me when I scored.

"My wife, kids and dad were in tears, I know that because my kids told me when they came on the pitch at the end."

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