Tuesday 23 January 2018

Murray hangs up his boots

Cork defender Dan Murray has confirmed that he is retiring from football
Cork defender Dan Murray has confirmed that he is retiring from football
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Next year's League of Ireland season will be missing a familiar face after experienced Cork defender Dan Murray confirmed that he is retiring from football.

The 33-year-old has opted against continuing because of work and family commitments, reasoning that it would make no sense to carry on - particularly as there's a danger that he will not be involved every week.

Cambridge-born Murray came to Cork in 2002 from Peterborough and settled in the area to become a firm favourite.

He skippered the team which won the league in 2005 and the FAI Cup in 2007 before enjoying a successful spell at Shamrock Rovers which featured two titles and qualification for the group stages of the Europa League.

Murray then moved back to Leeside, and took a job outside football with a view to the long term. That has ultimately led to this decision.

"It's bordering on being full-time going into next season and the lads are going back pre-season in mid-January and the commitment is huge for next year," he told the 'Evening Echo'.

"I just don't fancy the idea of all the travel next season up and down the west coast to Galway, Sligo, Finn Harps and Derry and then being a squad player and not being a regular starter. It's a good time for me to step back from it with work and family commitments."

On the plus side for Cork, midfielder Gearoid Morrissey has returned on a two-year deal after an unhappy spell in England with Cambridge.

Irish Independent

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