Friday 18 January 2019

Former Cork City star Brian Lenihan forced to retire at just 23

Brian Lenihan is watched by Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane
Brian Lenihan is watched by Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Hull City's Brian Lenihan has announced his retirement at the age of just 23 because of injury.

Lenihan, who began his career at College Corinthians in Cork moving to Cork City in 2012, signed for Hull City in the Premier League in 2014.

But his career in England was hampered by injuries and now he has been forced to hang up the boots on medical advice.

Lenihan has seven Ireland Under-21 caps and has trained with the senior squad.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Hull City AFC for the care and support I have received over the past 4 years. From a medical point of view the staff have gone above and beyond for me and for that I will be forever grateful!

"In light of events late last year, it is with deep regret that I have had to retire from Professional Football," he said.

"Having to retire at 23 is something I did not foresee.. but such is life! This decision does not come lightly but due to the medical advice I have received it is an action that needs to be taken for my own wellbeing.

"I'd like to give a special thanks to Dr Mark Waller, Rob Price, Alan Peacham and Ruben Crespo for the exemplary care and support they have given me during my time at the club.

"I'd also like to express my gratitude to Steve Bruce, Mike Phealan, Marco Silva -and Nigel Adkins for their advice and guidance during my time at the club.

"Sometimes in life you need to give up on a life long dream to ensure you live a happy and more fulfilling life!

"Much Love Brian Lenihan."

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