Wednesday 25 April 2018

'After 20 years it's time to hang up the boots' - Ian Harte announces retirement

Ian Harte won 63 international caps for Ireland
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Former Leeds and Republic of Ireland star Ian Harte has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 37-year-old won 63 international caps, scoring 12 goals along the way as well as representing his country at the 2002 World Cup.

The left-back made his name at Leeds United, making 288 appearances for the Yorkshire club, featuring in a Champions League semi-final during David O'Leary's time in charge of the club.

Harte had offers after he was released from Premier League new boys Bournemouth but has decided the time is right to call it a day.

"After playing for over 20 years it is time to hang up the boots," he said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

"I've had offers from Championship clubs and League One but I thought I would rather go out on a high."

The Louth native says he has no interest in coaching after seeing the long hours Cherries boss Eddie Howe puts in with the club and is looking forward to spending more time with his family post-retirement.

"Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall were there [at Bournemouth's training ground] around about 7 o'clock every morning and left about 6 in the evening. 

"I have got a young family and want to watch them grow up."

Harte cited his free-kick against Deportivo La Coruna in the 2001 Champions League quarter-final at a packed Elland Road as his career highlight.

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