Former Cork City, Sunderland and Celtic man Colin Healy has announced his retirement.
Healy, who recently turned 37, calls time on a career which saw him represent Ireland 13 times whilst winning the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup with Celtic as well as the FAI Cup twice with Cork City.
Last year’s cup triumph at the Aviva Stadium was Healy’s final game for the club, and in a statement announcing his retirement released today (via the Evening Echo) the midfielder acknowledged the win as a fantastic way to end his lengthy career.
“Returning home to play for my hometown club Cork City FC and winning the FAI cup in my final appearance was a very proud moment for me.
“It was a way to retire on a high. Throughout my career I’ve worked with some of the best managers and coaches, I would like to thank them for the opportunities they have given me.”
Healy, who had to contend with two serious leg injuries during his career, which included spells at Livingston, Barnsley and Ipswich, added:
“For over the past 20 years I’ve felt extremely lucky to call a sport I love my job. Representing Ireland at senior international level and making my debut for Glasgow Celtic are honours that I will cherish forever.
“I would however like to especially mention my parents Pat and Betty, along with my wife Kelly and my children Arran and Hollie. The strength my family gave me during some very tough periods in my career inspired me to keep going. I am so very grateful for their unwavering support.”
Healy’s contribution to the Irish game, both domestically and internationally, won’t be forgotten quickly and the outpouring of support since this announcement shows just how fondly he is thought of on Leeside and beyond.
— aidan herlihy (@gaffer1888) April 18, 2017
— Declan Lee (@DeclanLeePR) April 18, 2017
Colin Healy has confirmed his retirement from Cork and football. A great servent to the club and one of the best we’ve had. Thank you ?? pic.twitter.com/e2MdZfrkIE
— Cork City Fc Daily (@CorkCityFCDaily) April 18, 2017
— KEN TOBIN (@KENNYTCORK) April 18, 2017
— Alan Healy (@AlanHealy) April 18, 2017
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena