Former Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands has today announced his retirement from professional football.

The 34-year-old spent three years at St James’ Park from 2009 and made 75 league appearances for Newcastle, scoring 22 goals.

Lovenkrands also represented Denmark over an eight-year period, scoring one goal in 22 games for his country.

Joining Newcastle on a free transfer in the relegation season of 2009, Lovenkrands was unable to prevent the Geordies from dropping into the Championship, despite scoring three Premier League goals.

The Dane was then released as his contract expired in the summer but returned for a second spell with the club shortly after the Championship season kicked off.

Lovenkrands became a regular goal scorer for Newcastle as he formed a nice striking partnership with Andy Carroll. Carroll went on to lead Newcastle’s scoring charts that season as the Magpies made an instant return to the Premier League.

However, the loveable Dane’s most memorable moment in a Newcastle shirt came when he netted against West Brom in January 2010. Lovenkrands had just returned from Denmark after his father’s death when he headed in Jose Enrique’s cross to equalise and ran to the corner, pointing at the heavens in memory of his late father.

Injury problems then started to limit Lovenkrands’ game time and he was released at the end of the 2011/12 season. He made the move to Birmingham City, where he would score four goals in 37 games under the tutelage of former Newcastle player Lee Clark.

Since leaving the Blues earlier this year and being without a club, Lovenkrands has today announced that he has hung up his boots for the last time.