FORMER Cork City full-back Brian Lenihan’s career is over due to injury.
The 23-year-old was outstanding for City in John Caulfield's first season at the helm in 2014, having broken into the first team in 2012, and earned a move to Hull City.
However, Lenihan, who was a brilliant teenage player with College Corinthians before heading to the Cross. He appeared in the Ireland senior squad in 2014 after joining Hull, though he managed just four appearances with the Tigers after.
An ex-Republic of Ireland underage international announced, the Cork man sadly announced his retirement in a statement on twitter on Wednesday.
A knee operation hampered his progress in the 2016-17 season. Lenihan thanked the medical staff for their help but admitted his race was run before turning 24.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with Hull City AFC for the care and support I have received over the past 4 years. From a medical point of view the staff have gone above and beyond for me and for that I will be forever grateful!
“In light of events late last year, it is with deep regret that I have had to retire from Professional Football. Having to retire at 23 is something I did not foresee.. but such is life! This decision does not come lightly but due to the medical advice I have received it is an action that needs to be taken for my own wellbeing.
“I'd like to give a special thanks to Dr Mark Waller, Rob Price, Alan Peacham and Ruben Crespo for the exemplary care and support they have given me during my time at the club.
“I'd also like to express my gratitude to Steve Bruce, Mike Phealan, Marco Silva -and Nigel Adkins for their advice and guidance during my time at the club.
“Sometimes in life you need to give up on a life long dream to ensure you live a happy and more fulfilling life"