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Shamrock Rovers midfielder Paul Corry has announced his retirement at the age of 26 because he is "in complete agony" following a series of knee injuries.
Castleknock native Corry says anterior and lateral cruciate ligament damage from an injury he suffered two years has failed to heal properly, leaving him with early-onset arthritis and a risk of being unable to walk properly in future.
And the former UCD and Sheffield Wednesday player, who won the first division title with the Students in 2009, told Johnny and Dan on the eir Sport/ Irish Independent LOI Weekly podcast that he has now decided to quit the game on medical advice.
"It's come to a stage where I'm not going to be able to play on," said Corry.
"I had my lateral cruciate ligament repaired and my ACL repaired and the meniscus on the lateral side of things is causing problems.
"I was told if I pushed it for a year or two I could be looking at a knee replacement in five years and could be walking with a limp in ten years and I'm not prepared to take that massive risk.
"I already have early-stage arthritis in parts of my knee. Last Wednesday night I was up at 5am and for 45 minutes was in complete agony."
Corry turned down offers from Burnley and Nottingham Forest as a teenager to study Commerce at UCD on a soccer scholarship, but, after completing his degree, signed a three-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday in August 2012.
The former Belvedere College pupil was man-of-the-match on his Championship debut against Leeds in the 1-1 Yorkshire derby draw at Hillsborough, but found himseld out of favour when Stuart Gray replaced Dave Jones as Owls' manager in December 2013.
After loan spells at Tranmere and Carlisle United, Corry signed for League One side Northampton Town but made just three League One appearances for the Cobblers before rupturing his cruciate in September 2015.
Rovers signed Corry in November 2016, after the Dubliner returned to Ireland to work on his fitness following his release by by Northampton.
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