Wednesday 20 September 2017

'He was just a phenomenal person' - John Caulfield leads Colin Healy tributes after retirement decision

Cork City's Colin Healy, winner of the SSE Airtricity player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Cork City's Colin Healy, winner of the SSE Airtricity player of the year award, at the 3 FAI International Football Awards. RTE Studios, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Cork City manager John Caulfield has led a host of tributes to Leesiders midfielder Colin Healy who announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday.

Healy, who started his career with Glasgow Celtic in 1998 before stints at Sunderland, Barnsley and Ipswich Town, has been with his native club Cork City for the last five years winning an FAI Cup, an FAI President's Cup and a National League Player of the Year award during that time.

Speaking at a press conference in Cork on Tuesday morning, Caulfield said that Healy was a 'top player' but that he was even a greater person behind the scenes.

"He was a top player," Caulfield said. "He was just a phenomenal person to have - very quiet, seldom speaks to the media, a very quiet man.

"He was absolutely phenomenal behind the scenes in the dressing room and the training pitch. He's played with Ireland, he's played at the highest level.

"He was certainly unlucky with some of hi injuries. He's come back home and finished his career over . He was just a joy to have."

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