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Former Ipswich Town and Forest Green defender Richard Keogh announces his retirement

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Former Forest Green and Ipswich Town defender Richard Keogh has announced his retirement from football.

The 37-year-old has decided to hang up his boots after a spell at Forest Green Rovers, where he was unable to prevent their relegation from the Football League. 

He joined them back in February on a deal until the end of the season, having left Wycombe Wanderers after agreeing to terminate his contract by mutual consent. 

Keogh played 16 games for Town last season as he helped the Blues win promotion back to the Championship, having started his career at Portman Road. 

Keogh announced his retirement on social media and said: “I wish I could play on forever, but we all know eventually this day will come.

“So, after 786 appearances and 20 years, I am announcing my retirement from playing.

“My career surpassed all my expectations, full of unforgettable moments that not only made me a better player but also a better person.

“I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to my family, friends, agent Cos and advisors. Their love, support, sacrifice and guidance made it possible for me to live out my dream.

“I have been extremely fortunate and feel privileged to have played for and captained incredible clubs.

“I want to extend my appreciation to all my past teammates, managers and coaches – the pleasure was mine and I am honoured to call many of you friends for life.

“And now to the fans – you make the game special. Playing through Covid undeniably proved the game is nothing without you. The bond I shared with many of you made every game memorable. Thank you.

“Wearing the captains armband for Ireland was the ultimate honour. To represent the green jersey was the impossible dream and to play in a major tournament was the dream come true.

“The camaraderie, the matches, the shared moments with fans – these are memories that will stay with me forever.

“Last but not least, to my amazing wife Charlie and my sons Seb and Myles. Your unwavering love and support means everything to me, Thank you for being my rock. I am eternally grateful.” 

“I now look to the next chapter, where I am fully focused on taking my next step into coaching.” 

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