Neil Mellor forced to call it a day

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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday star Neil Mellor has been forced to retire from professional football due to injury.

The striker, aged 29, spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Hillsborough, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances before returning to Preston, but has struggled to regain full fitness since damaging his knee against MK Dons in 2011 and has decided to quit following medical advice.