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Mark Quigley on the verge of quitting football

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Mark Quigley, St Patrick's Athletic. FAI Ford Cup, 3rd Round Replay, Shelbourne FC v St Patrick's Athletic. Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Mark Quigley, St Patrick's Athletic. FAI Ford Cup, 3rd Round Replay, Shelbourne FC v St Patrick's Athletic. Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Mark Quigley, St Patrick's Athletic. FAI Ford Cup, 3rd Round Replay, Shelbourne FC v St Patrick's Athletic. Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

STRIKER Mark Quigley says he will consider leaving football and seek employment outside of the game this week if he's unable to secure a new contract for next season.

The former U21 cap had a frustrating time at St Patrick's Athletic last season as he was dogged by a long-standing back injury. But Quigley underwent surgery on his back late last year and is on schedule with his recovery, the striker a week away from taking part in full-contact training.

Yet he is without a club since his deal with St Pats ran out last year and while he is still holding talks with Pats boss Liam Buckley, as well as staying in contact with Drogheda United manager John McDonnell, Quigley knows it could be the end of the line.

"I have had a few conversations with Liam and something could possibly happen with Pats but there are no guarantees and there's no formal offer on the table," Quigley told The Herald.

"I want to play, I feel I have more to offer and my back feels better than it has in years, I know I could play again.

"But I can't hang around forever, I have a family to support. Hopefully I will get an offer from a club in the next day or two but I am realistic about it, I know that clubs are back in pre-season soon and if I don't get a concrete offer I will have to try and get a job outside of football.

"That wouldn't be the end of the world. I'm not 18 any more and I can't afford to just wait for an offer, I have been a professional for a long time but I have to look at options outside of football," added the 29-year-old.


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