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Monday 12 November 2018

Gormley calls time on 'a great career'

After a 17 year career, Bray Wanderers midfielder Eddie Gormley has decided to hang up his boots.Since helping the Seasiders back to the top flight last month, the 36 year old admitted that his body told him to call time on his playing days.

After a 17 year career, Bray Wanderers midfielder Eddie Gormley has decided to hang up his boots.

Since helping the Seasiders back to the top flight last month, the 36 year old admitted that his body told him to call time on his playing days.

'It was a decision I made myself. I had the opportunity of signing on for next season. But I didn't want to be a bit part player, playing a few games here and there' said Eddie.

'I've had a great career, full of brilliant memories. I played in both in Ireland and England, and achieved success on both sides of the water'.

After springing onto the scene as an 18-year-old with Bray back in 1987, he made a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 1988.

After his time at White Hard Lane, Gormley moved onto Doncaster Rovers were he was twice named their player of the year.

A brief spell at Drogheda United under Pat Devlin followed in 1994.

But the player-maker switched to St. Patrick's Athletic were he shone for seven seasons.

During that period, he picked up three Premier Division winners medals with the Inchicore outfit.

And was named the PFAI player of the year in 1996 were he also featured in an FAI Cup final defeat to Shelbourne.

He returned to Bray for the 2000/01 campaign and was named their player of the year the following season.

But there has mounting speculation that Gormley could stay with Wanderers but in a back-room capacity.

'Nobody has approached me about any role with the club. But if I was, I would seriously consider it. I do want to get in coaching and putting something back into the game,' he revealed.

Elsewhere, the Green and Whites are tracking another former player in the shape of Danny O'Connor.

The defender has been told he can leave Drogheda United even though he has a year left on his current contract. But the Louth side are looking for a transfer free in the region of ?5,000 for the 24-year-old Bray native.

Both Bohemians and Longford have also expressed an interest in the highly-rated centre half.

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