Shamrock Rovers have today announced that former Ireland international Keith Fahey has retired from the game due to injuries to his knee and hip.
Fahey’s career has seen him play for three clubs in Ireland in the shape of St. Patrick’s Athletic, where he had three spells, Drogheda United, where he won the Setanta Cup in 2006 and most recently his local club, Shamrock Rovers.
However, it was his four years at Birmingham that were perhaps the most successful of his career. He made 121 appearances for the English side, where he won the League Cup in 2011 and helped Birmingham to promotion to the Premier League as Championship runners-up in his first season at the club.
It was his performances in the west midlands that saw him earn 16 international caps, in which he scored three goals The most notable of these being on his competitive debut against Armenia as he came off the bench to score the winner against Armenia in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
The 32-year-old midfielder signed for Shamrock Rovers for the 2015 season following his departure from St. Patrick’s Athletic, the side he played the last game of his career against, in a 2-1 defeat in the FAI Cup in May.
Speaking to www.shamrockrovers.ie, Fahey explained why he has taken the decision to retire,
“Unfortunately I have had to come to this decision after taking advice from the doctor and surgeon, I feel that it is the right time to finish playing professional football. I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me, managed me and played with me during my time playing football.”
Also speaking to the club website, Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon said Fahey’s experience and influence will be a big loss to the club,
“Keith will be a big loss to Shamrock Rovers and the League of Ireland in general, he has been a central part of our squad this season and has been a great influence on the players, particularly the younger members of our squad.
“We will miss his experience at the club, experience he brought from playing at the top level of English football, in addition to his international career, and I want to wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Shamrock Rovers concluded their statement by thanking Fahey for his contribution to the club, the league and the international team,
“Everyone at Shamrock Rovers F.C. thanks Keith for his valuable contribution to the club this season, and to the League of Ireland and Ireland international team throughout his career, and wish him the very best in the future.”
Gerard Grimes, Pundit Arena