'He was just a phenomenal person' - John Caulfield leads Colin Healy tributes after retirement decision
Cork City manager John Caulfield has led a host of tributes to Leesiders midfielder Colin Healy who announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday.
Healy, who started his career with Glasgow Celtic in 1998 before stints at Sunderland, Barnsley and Ipswich Town, has been with his native club Cork City for the last five years winning an FAI Cup, an FAI President's Cup and a National League Player of the Year award during that time.
Speaking at a press conference in Cork on Tuesday morning, Caulfield said that Healy was a 'top player' but that he was even a greater person behind the scenes.
"He was a top player," Caulfield said. "He was just a phenomenal person to have - very quiet, seldom speaks to the media, a very quiet man.
"He was absolutely phenomenal behind the scenes in the dressing room and the training pitch. He's played with Ireland, he's played at the highest level.
"He was certainly unlucky with some of hi injuries. He's come back home and finished his career over . He was just a joy to have."
Only got to play with him for 2 years but learned more from him than anyone else,Colin Healy top man on and off the pitch enjoy retirement https://t.co/hnsQEjEDUe— Kev O Connor (@kevoconnor12) April 18, 2017
Colin Healy (37) was the Premier Division's oldest outfield player. It's now Alan Bennett (35 and 6 months), 11 days older than Raf Cretaro— Karl Reilly (@HistoryLOI) April 18, 2017
Had pleasure of interviewing Colin Healy half a dozen times or so. A colossal in LOI, but a true gent who was always generous with his time.— Brian Fitz (@B_Twitzgerald) April 18, 2017