'See you in Wexford' says Republic international Kevin Doyle after retirement from soccer

Kevin Doyle tangles with Derry City's Clive Delaney during his Cork City days
Andy Watters

REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has retired from football at all levels after seeking medical advice over “repeated headaches”.

The Wexford native scored 14 goals in 71 appearances for his country and enjoyed successful spells at Reading and Wolves after cutting his teeth in the League of Ireland with St Patrick's Athletic and Cork City. He moved to MLS outfit Colorado Rapids in 2015 and had become a fans' favourite and was named in the Republic squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales.

But he said that heading the ball “was problematic” and that led to the 34-year-old's decision to hang up his boots “for good”.

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

“This year it has been clear to me that heading the ball was 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.”

Doyle expressed his appreciation to family and friends who had supported him throughout his career, the FAI and his international teammates, youth coaches and staff and players at the Colorado Rapids before signing off: “Thanks and see you in Wexford”.

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