David Meyler has announced his retirement from football.
The former Republic of Ireland midfielder, who captained his country on several occasions, has decided to hang up his boots following a persistent injury to his right knee.
Meyler was a free agent after leaving Reading at the end of last season. He turned 30 back in May.
His retirement statement, posted on Instagram, reads:
“After a few hard days of thinking I have decided to retire from playing professional football. The injuries I sustained to my right knee have eventually caught up with me and I am left with no other option. It’s tough to take but I know deep down it’s the correct decision. I always knew this day would come but I never expected it to be so soon. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve played with, every manager I’ve played for and of course the football clubs & fans I have represented. It’s been an incredible journey. Finally thank you to my wife Cally, my Dad, Mum and Sister for being so supportive through everything. You’ve helped a young boy live out his dreams. Thank you all for everything.”
Meyler started his career with Cork City, his hometown club. He made two appearances for Cork before joining Sunderland, then managed by Roy Keane, in 2008.
After 31 appearances for the Black Cats, Meyler signed for Hull City on a permanent deal in 2012. The midfielder would go on to play almost 200-times for Hull, starting for Steve Bruce’s side in the 2014 FA Cup final against Arsenal.
He signed for Reading last summer but only made five appearances for the Championship side before going out on loan to Coventry City in January. His contract was terminated by mutual consent earlier this summer.
Meyler made his Ireland debut back in 2012 against Oman and went on to play 26 times for the national team, captaining the side on occasion. He was Ireland skipper in October 2017 when they beat Wales 1-0 in Cardiff, and a month later in the 5-1 defeat to Denmark.