MX23RW : Monday, September 28 08:07:39| >> :600:47760342:47760342:

Northern Ireland's David Healy retires from football

Northern Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer David Healy announces his retirement from football.

Northern Ireland's all-time leading goalscorer David Healy has announced his retirement from football.

The 34-year-old has decided to hang up his boots after failing to sign for a new club following his departure from Bury at the end of last season.

"I don't think too many people will be surprised," BBC Sport quotes Healy as saying. "I have been without a club for five months. It's dawned on me that it's time for a new challenge. The career is over and it's time to move on.

"I didn't enjoy my last six months at Bury because of a number of circumstances. I still thought in the summer that I was capable and would be fit enough if I got a good pre-season under my belt.

"But that didn't happen and it's hard going down to the gym and doing 20 or 30 minutes of aerobic stuff on your own. It would have been great to have achieved 100 caps but at the same time I didn't want to be getting token caps."

Healy netted 36 goals in 95 appearances for Northern Ireland.


Click here for more stories about David Healy

Click here for more stories about Northern Ireland

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Michael O'Neill
Read Next:
O'Neill: 'Healy still has a lot to offer'
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.
Read more about David Healy Football

rhs 2.0

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!