Sad News:A former player who has played for Blackpool, Coventry City, and Carlisle United has decided to retire from…Read More.

Former Blackpool defender Richard Keogh has announced his retirement from professional football after a 20-year career. His final club was Forest Green Rovers, where he experienced relegation from League Two. Keogh now plans to transition into coaching as the next phase of his career.

In a statement published on his personal account on X, he 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 of 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.

Keogh was signed by current Seasiders boss Neil Critchley in the 2021/22 season. He made a total of 31 appearances in all competitions that year in what was the first campaign where supporters were allowed back in to stadiums. The club finished 16th in the Championship that year but he moved to Ipswich Town who paid a nominal fee to secure his services and he went on to win promotion with the Tractor Boys.

The 26-cap Republic of Ireland international stated, “Wearing the captain’s armband for Ireland was the ultimate honor. Representing the green jersey was a dream I once thought impossible, and playing in a major tournament made that dream a reality.

“The camaraderie, the matches, and the shared moments with fans—these are the memories that I will cherish forever.”

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