Irish defender Brian Lenihan forced to retire at 23 after 'medical advice'

Irish defender Brian Lenihan forced to retire at 23 after 'medical advice'

Hull City player Brian Lenihan has announced his retirement from football at the age of just 23.

The former Cork City football announced the news on Twitter, saying it was a decision "that 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."

Lenihan made 27 league appearances for Cork City before he was signed by Hull in 2014.

However, his time in England was hampered by injuries and resulted in the player only making one league appearance for the Tigers.

Lenihan's statement in full reads:

"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 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.

"Much Love, Brian Lenihan"

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