Former Socceroos talent Tom Rogic has announced his sudden retirement from football to focus on his wife and young family. Rogic, a former Celtic football star, played for Australia between 2010 and 2022.
The highly talented midfielder scored 10 goals for his country in 52 appearances, which also saw him play at the top level in Europe with 178 appearances for Celtic and scoring 32 goals.
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Having moved to play for West Bromwich Albion in 2022, Rogic played 20 times for the UK club. However, the 30-year-old has opened up about his fertility struggles with his wife before their first child in 2021.
And with the announcement of their second child, Rogic said it was time to focus on his family. "After careful consideration I have made the decision to retire from professional football," Rogic said in a statement posted to Instagram.
"I have always been rather private with things in my personal life but I feel given the significance, I think it is important for people to understand why and how I have made my decision," Rogic wrote on Instagram. "Throughout the past seven years, my wife and I have been on an immensely challenging journey with fertility issues.
"After years of trying and many failed rounds of IVF, my wife and I were fortunate enough to welcome the birth of our daughter in 2021. I have loved every minute of being a dad and consider it my greatest achievement in life.
"After experiencing some more struggles and heartache with fertility treatment, we have recently received the amazing news that our family is growing and we will be expecting twins in 2024.
"Given our past and how hard we have fought for this, along with the challenges that will come with having twins and a two year old, now seems like the right time to give my focus and attention to what is the most important thing in my life - my family."
Tom Rogic leaves with Socceroos legacy
Rogic hasn't played for Australia since withdrawing from the squad in 2022. He did not feature in Australia's latest quarter-final run at the Qatar World Cup.
Rogic was one of Australia's stars during the 2019 Asian Cup tournament. However, he didn't feature in the 2014 World Cup due to injury and was left out of the 2018 World Cup squad.
The Australian was well-liked at Celtic having won 16 trophies for the team. This included time under current Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou.
Rogic moved to West Brom last year, but was released after a rollercoaster stay and last played on April 23.
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