Ian Harte announces his retirement
Ian Harte has called time on his playing career.
The former Leeds United and Republic of Ireland defender announced today that he's hanging up his boots.
The 37 year old spent last season with Bournemouth, but was released this summer with the club being promoted to the Premier League.
The time has come to hang the boots up. I have had over 20 years playing football and loved every minute of it!!! Now to the next chapter 👍🏻
— Ian Harte (@ianharte23) August 27, 2015
Harte played 63 times for Ireland, between 1996 and 2007, scoring an impressive 12 goals from left-back, and was renowned for being a dead ball specialist.
Good luck in retirement mate.. It was a pleasure to have played alongside you. https://t.co/W6rq9rXTNi
— Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) August 27, 2015
The Drogheda native was part of the Leeds team which reached the Champions League semi-final in 2001, and spent the past time in Spain with Levante, as well as Sunderland, Reading and Carlisle United
Harte also scored 97 goals in 609 games, including a few like this: