The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Barnes

WOLVES’ for­mer record­sign­ing Kevin Doyle has re­tired due to “re­peated headaches” caused by head­ing the ball.

The 34-year-old striker, whose £6.5m move to Mo­lineux from Read­ing in 2009 has since been eclipsed by the £15m shelled out for Por­tuguese mid­fielder Ruben Neves, re­vealed that he has opted to call time on his ca­reer on med­i­cal grounds.

The Ir­ish­man has suf­fered mul­ti­ple con­cus­sions dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing two this sea­son while play­ing for the Colorado Rapids in Ma­jor League Soc­cer, and con­firmed on social me­dia his play­ing days have come to an end.

“To­day, I’m sad to an­nounce that after lis­ten­ing to med­i­cal ad­vice, I will no fur­ther part in this sea­son and will be re­tir­ing,” said Doyle.

“This year, it has been clear to me that head­ing the ball was be­com­ing prob­lem­atic, and caus­ing me to have re­peated headaches.

“Two con­cus­sions this sea­son and nu­mer­ous oth­ers over the years have made this more con­cern­ing.

“After con­sult­ing with ex­perts in the field, it has been de­cided that to avoid the pos­si­bil­ity of these symp­toms be­come more se­ri­ous and per­ma­nent, I will be hang­ing up my boots for good.”

Doyle, notched 56 goals in 163 ap­pear­ances for Read­ing be­fore find­ing the net 33 times dur­ing his fiveyear spell with Wolves.

The pacy front­man, who also had spells with Queens Park Rangers and Crys­tal Palace, was capped 62 times by the Repub­lic of Ire­land, scor­ing 14 goals, play­ing at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

“I'm priv­i­leged and proud to have ful­filled my child­hood dream of play­ing for my coun­try,” said Doyle, who was named the Repub­lic of Ire­land’s player of the year in 2010.

“Ev­ery­thing else was a bonus.”

RE­TIRED: Kevin Doyle

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