Proud Duff certain time is right to hang up his boots
Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has called time on his 20-year playing career. The 36-year-old came through the youth system at Blackburn, before moving on to Chelsea, Newcastle and Fulham.
Capped 100 times by the Republic, Duff won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and League Cup during his career, in addition to helping the Cottagers to the 2010 Europa League final.
The winger penned an 18-month contract with Shamrock Rovers after leaving Australian outfit Melbourne City in July, but has brought his stay to a premature end.
"After much deliberation, I have decided to bring my football career to an end," he said in a statement released by Shamrock. "My heart wants me to continue but my body has finally told me to stop.
"I am proud to have won 100 caps for my country and have many magical memories.
"I am progressing with my coaching badges and will stay involved. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along."