Former Hibs skipper Chris Hogg retires

Chris Hogg in action

Chris Hogg in action

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FORMER Hibs captain Chris Hogg today officially announced his retirement from football.

Hogg was Hibs skipper at the beginning of the 2009-10 season and played in the Hibs team which won the 2007 League Cup Final, beating Kilmarnock 5-1 at Hampden.

The defender was signed from Ipswich Town by Tony Mowbray in 2005 and, after struggling initially to fulfil his potential, he became a solid player for Mowbray and his successor John Collins.

Announcing his retirement on Twitter, he wrote: “Just to let people know, I decided to retire from professional football in the summer (2013). Not through choice but lack of the right opportunity.

“It’s been hard to take but with my young family it was the right thing to do. It’s changed days in the pro game and to drag them around the country every year or so just wasn’t good.

“Abroad, options were not really viable and to stay pro at the levels available just wasn’t for me.”

He made 169 appearances for Hibs in six seasons, scoring three times. He left to join Inverness Caley Thistle in January 2011.

Hogg last played for Caley in a 1-0 defeat at Ross County on May 19 last year.

He captained England at Under-15 level and also appeared for the Three Lions at Under-16, 17, 18 and under-19 levels.