'I am left with no other option' - David Meyler retires from football
Former Republic of Ireland captain David Meyler has retired from football at the age of 30 after a succession of knee injuries curtailed his professional career.
Meyler started his career at Cork City before securing a move to Sunderland in 2008 where he spent four seasons before securing a loan move to Hull City in 2012.
Meyler made a permanent move to the Tigers in January 2013 and spent six seasons at the club before moving to Reading last season.
The Cork native played just five games for the Royals before he was loaned out to Coventry City where he ultimately ended his career after he was unable to overcome his prolonged battle with injury.
The 30-year-old took to his Instagram account to thank people for their support during his career.
"After a few hard days of thinking I have decided to retire from playing professional football," Meyler wrote.
"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 was capped 26 times by Ireland after making his international debut in the 4-1 win over Oman at Craven Cottage in 2012.
He deputised as Ireland captain on several occasions during Seamus Coleman’s injury absence in 2017 and said that it was a huge honour for him to lead his country.