DAVID Meyler has retired from professional soccer due to injury.
The talented midfielder previously captained Ireland and competed at the very top level for Sunderland and Hull City, having come through the underage ranks at Cork City and Cobh Ramblers.
"After a few hard days of thinking I have decided to retire from playing professional football. The injuries I sustained to my right knee have eventually caught up with me and I am left with no other option," he said in a statement released online.
"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," added the 30-year-old.
Meyler also thanked his family for helping "a young boy live out his dreams".
The versatile midfielder was capped 26 times for Ireland and spent over a decade in English football following his move from Cork City to Sunderland in 2008.
The former Cobh Ramblers youth player spent several seasons in the English Premier League with both Sunderland and then Hull City, before moving to Reading in 2018.
Meyler, whose father John recently ended his tenure as the Cork senior hurling manager, most recently played for Coventry City on loan spell from his parent club Reading.
While in his playing days with Hull, Meyler started the 2014 FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
Meyler made his Ireland debut against Oman in 2012 and will probably be best remembered in the green jersey for his role in Ireland's historic 1-1 away draw in Germany during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. He captained Ireland in a game against the USA in 2014.