Tuesday 21 November 2017

'See you in Wexford' - Kevin Doyle releases poignant statement announcing retirement from football on 'medical advice'

9 October 2014; Republic of Ireland's Kevin Doyle during squad training ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, game against Gibraltar on Saturday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
9 October 2014; Republic of Ireland's Kevin Doyle during squad training ahead of their UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifer, Group D, game against Gibraltar on Saturday. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has retired with immediate effect on medical advice.

Doyle, who won 64 international caps and scored 14 goals for his country, suffered two concussions recently, and was advised that it was best for his long-term health if he hung up his boots.

The Wexford native started his career in the League of Ireland with Cork City and St Pat's before moving to England for spells with Reading, Wolves, QPR and Crystal Palace.

His most recent club was the Colorado Rapids in the MLS.

“Today I’m sad to announce that after listening to medical advice I will play no further part this season and will be retiring,” he said in a statement.

“This year it has been clear to me that heading the ball was becoming problematic and causing me to have repeated headaches. Two concussions this season and numerous others over the years have made this more concerning. After consulting the experts in this field, it has been decided that to avoid the possibility of these symptoms becoming more serious and permanent, I will be hanging my boots up for good.

“I’m privileged and proud to have fulfilled my childhood dream of playing for my country. Everything else was a bonus.

“Thanks and see you in Wexford.”

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