The 33-year-old played for Hull City’s youth team before playing professionally in the US, Canada and Singapore.
A British former footballer has become only the second male professional player from the UK to come out as gay.
Thomas Beattie, 33, said it took a long time for him to accept who he is and he didn’t feel comfortable coming out during his playing career.
The former midfielder, from Goole in Yorkshire, played for Hull City’s youth team before playing professionally for more than a decade in the US, Canada and Singapore.
Beattie has announced he is homosexual 30 years after British footballer Justin Fashanu became the first openly gay player in 1990.
Beattie wrote in an Instagram post: “It’s time to share something very personal to me. It’s easier to sit in silence but the real challenge is to speak up.
“For me it’s time to live my truth and hopefully affect change in some way. I am a brother, son, friend and I’m gay.