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'I said to John Delaney, 'if you do that again, I'm going to lay you out'

Simon Cox is ready for his second journey after the thrills and spills of trying to survive as a professional footballer

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Simon Cox, centre, with former FAI CEO John Delaney, right, and team-mate Darren O'Dea. Photo: Sportsfile

Simon Cox, centre, with former FAI CEO John Delaney, right, and team-mate Darren O'Dea. Photo: Sportsfile

Simon Cox in A-League action for the Western Sydney Wanderers during his time in Australia. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Simon Cox in A-League action for the Western Sydney Wanderers during his time in Australia. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Simon Cox with his wife Samantha during their time in Australia

Simon Cox with his wife Samantha during their time in Australia

Simon Cox is planning a career in coaching after ending his playing career in Australia's A-League

Simon Cox is planning a career in coaching after ending his playing career in Australia's A-League

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Simon Cox in action for Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Photo: Sportsfile

Simon Cox in action for Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Photo: Sportsfile

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Simon Cox, centre, with former FAI CEO John Delaney, right, and team-mate Darren O'Dea. Photo: Sportsfile

1 THE END

Simon Cox smiles as he reflects on his long-held desire to keep playing professionally until he was 40, a craving borne from the belief that the ball would always be in his court.


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