Former Burnley winger Junior Stanislas has officially declared his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 33. Stanislas, who initially joined Burnley from West Ham in 2011, spent four seasons with the club in East Lancashire. Following his release from Bournemouth after a nine-year tenure on the South Coast, he had been without a club since the summer.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Stanislas revealed that he made the decision to retire towards the end of the previous year. His choice to retire was influenced by a series of injuries he had sustained in recent years, which had taken a toll on him. However, he expressed his ambition to venture into management, describing it as a long-held dream.
He disclosed that he had been preparing for this transition over the last few years by earning his coaching badges, including the B licence and A licence. Stanislas is excited about the prospect of getting involved in coaching and, in the future, hopes to be in the managerial role on the sidelines.
Stanislas had a notable career, being part of the squad that secured promotion to the Premier League under Sean Dyche in 2014, contributing to 27 games during that season. He also achieved Premier League promotions with Bournemouth in 2015 and 2022.
Reflecting on his career, Stanislas mentioned that some of his highlights included making his debut after coming through the West Ham Academy and the thrill of achieving promotions with his teammates, describing it as a positive journey they embarked upon each season.