Former Swansea winger Nathan Dyer retires from football
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Former Swansea winger Nathan Dyer retires from football

Nathan Dyer, the former Swansea winger, has announced his retirement after a 15-year career.

The winger has played for Southampton, Burnley, Sheffield United, and even Leicester City's title-winning team, but he is most remembered for his 11 years at Swansea City.

Dyer told the Swansea City website: "It's the right time for me to announce my retirement from football.

"I have had a lot of thought about it over the last couple of months, and I think it's the best decision for me to step away from playing."

Dyer joined the Swans in 2009 and played 347 times for the club, scoring 38 goals in the process.

He was part of a Swansea team that achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2011, scoring two assists in the play-off final's 4-2 victory over Reading.

Dyer was also a key member of Swansea's League Cup-winning team in 2013, scoring twice in a 5-0 hammering of Bradford to claim the club's first major trophy.

During his loan tenure with Leicester City in the 2015-16 season, he made 12 appearances and helped the Foxes win their first Premier League title.

When asked about the next step Dyer said: "Everyone is asking if I'm going to get my coaching badges, but it's not for me.

"I was lucky to have the late Cyrille Regis as my mentor and agent since I was 14, so I've thought a lot about that.

"That's the role I want to step into. I'd like to help and be a mentor for the younger generation coming through.

"I've been through the highs, lows, playing, not playing, off-the-field problems – I am better equipped now to give my advice and be a shoulder to lean on for those that want and need it."

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