'This is my club, my one and only club...'
Ledley King reflects on the end of one era and the start of another at Spurs in September's issue of Hotspur.
The sad news of Ledley's retirement arrived this summer.
Our longest-serving player, an Academy graduate who gave us nearly 15 years of service, Ledley was seen as one of the best defenders in world football.
He battled against injury to play over 300 times for us after making his debut in 1999, captained us for many years and lifted the League Cup at Wembley in 2008.
“So this is not a time to be disappointed; it is time to cherish and acknowledge a unique time in my life," Ledley tells Hotspur. "Many players don’t reach the age of 31 before they retire and I’ve seen so many players throughout my own progression not make it to the next stage for so many reasons.
“Overall it’s been great and I wouldn’t change a minute of it – well not a minute of what happened on the pitch anyway! I’ve had my ups and down with injuries but how can I be dis-satisfied after making my Spurs debut as a teenager and going on to play for England."
A player of Ledley's class wil naturally be missed, but we'll still see plenty of Ledley the person in his new role of Club Ambassador.
An iconic figure to local kids, who better than Ledley to champion the regeneration of Tottenham.
“I’m enjoying the new challenges coming my way and am delighted to be still working at Spurs. I’ll still be about; don’t worry about that.”
Ledley was back at White Hart Lane on Saturday and received a great reception when he was introduced to fans at half-time.
SEPTEMBER'S HOTSPUR - OUT FRIDAY
The latest edition of our official magazine is as packed as ever.
As well as Ledley's interview, we've a 14-page special from our tour of the USA and summer signing Jan Vertonghen is the cover star and main interview.
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