Family man Duff won't be hanging up his boots
RETIREMENT is not in Damien Duff's vocabulary at the moment. "I am going to play football until I drop," he said last night.
After he finishes his career in England, he intends to drop back to the League of Ireland and then the Leinster Senior League, according to the 33-year-old winger.
On his way out to south Lebanon to spend a few days with Irish troops, he bumped into former Premiership star Andy Cole at Dublin Airport and asked how he was coping with retirement from the game.
"Andy said he didn't miss it. But I am the polar opposite. Football is what I do and I have no interest in anything else. I would end up pottering around the house," said Mr Duff.
He was less clear about his future at international level but said he still has appetite to represent his country.
"There has been a lot of speculation about whether I will continue to play for Ireland after the Euros," he said.
He said he had spoken to the manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, but had not thought any further about retirement.
"At the moment, I want to spend time with my family. My son, Woody, was born 14 months ago and my wife is due again in September."
And he admitted he never entertained any ideas of joining the military and leaves the soldiering to his older brother, Gerry, who is a sergeant in the Defence Forces.
Mr Duff decided about three months ago to visit the troops after Gerry (37) suggested it would be a morale booster for the peacekeepers.
"I said 'yes' straight away and I am really excited about meeting them," he added.