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Irish football legend Richard Dunne set for retirement - reports

James Donoghue

Published 31/05/2015 | 20:06

Richard Dunne
Richard Dunne

Irish centre-half colossus Richard Dunne looks poised to close the curtain on his 18 year professional career following his release from QPR.

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Dunne had been linked with a move to USA, India or home to the League of Ireland but the 35-year old felt the time was right to hand up his boots according to The Irish Mirror.

The Dubliner signed his first contract with Everton in 1997 before moving to Manchester City in 2000 where he won the Clubs Player of the year on four consecutive occasions between 2005 and 2008 while being named Club captain in 2006.

The 'Iron Curtain' as he was known to Irish fans moved to Aston Villa in 2009 where he won a place on the PFA Team of the Year in his first season despite heartbreak in the Carling Cup final to Manchester United.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp snapped Dunne up as a free agent in 2013 and he instantly becoming a regular fixture in the side helping them return to the Premier League.

His season ended prematurely this year however with a knee injury in February prompting the Rs not to renew his contract.

Dunne announced his retirement from international football last July.

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