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IFA president Jim Shaw heaps praise on retiring star Healy

David Healy

David Healy

Irish FA president Jim Shaw believes David Healy still has a lot to offer after announcing his retirement from football.

The legendary striker has called time on his glittering playing career at the age of 34.

Healy scored 36 goals in 95 appearances to become the country’s record goalscorer.

A future in coaching appears to beckon for Northern Ireland’s former talisman, and IFA chief Shaw is confident Healy will be continue to be a success.

“David enjoyed a magnificent career for Northern Ireland, and one that spanned many years,” Shaw said.

“To score 36 goals at international level is fantastic, especially when you consider the previous record was 13.

“It is an outstanding achievement, playing for a country of Northern Ireland’s size.

“David has always conducted himself in a professional manner, on and off the pitch. He has been a great ambassador for Northern Ireland over all these years.

“We all wish him well in his retirement from the playing side of things, but I believe he will remain in the world of football and continue to be a success.”

The IFA has confirmed it will honour Healy at the next UEFA Euro 2016 home match at Windsor Park.

 

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