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Highly rated Ipswich goalkeeper Shane Supple has decided to walk away from football at the age of 22 having "fallen out of love with the game".

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 star came through the club's academy and made 38 first team appearances.

"Playing professional football is not something I want to continue doing," Supple told the club's website.

"As you grow up you realise there are other things in life and to be honest, the game is not what I thought it was."

Supple played a key role in Ipswich's FA Youth Cup triumph in 2005, when Town beat a Southampton side that included Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, and saved a penalty in his last appearance, a shoot-out victory over Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup last week.

His first-team opportunities have been limited since Richard Wright returned to Portman Road from West Ham in July 2008.

Ipswich have agreed to cancel the Dubliner's contract at his request, and it will allow him to pursue a career outside of professional football immediately.

Deep down my heart is not in the game any more and I'm not going to go into work every day trying to convince myself that it is so it's the right time for me to walk away

"There is not one reason why I have made my decision, there are a number of factors," said Supple.

"But deep down my heart is not in the game any more and I'm not going to go into work every day trying to convince myself that it is, so it's the right time for me to walk away.

"I suppose you could say that I have fallen out of love with the game and when that happens I've always said to myself that I wouldn't hang around."

Supple, who had brief loan spells at Falkirk and Oldham, was quick to praise Ipswich manager Roy Keane for the way the former Manchester United midfielder responded to the news.

"I want to thank the manager for the support he has given me," added Supple. "He was a bit shocked when I told him and I expected that but he understood my reasons - he's been first class.

"People probably think I'm crazy but I'm not going to stay in the game for anyone else, I'm making this decision for myself.

"I've worked with some great people in my time at Ipswich and had some great times at the club. It's a fantastic club and I'll continue to follow Ipswich's fortunes."

Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg praised Supple for his commitment to the club, both on and off the pitch, over the past six years.

"It's obviously disappointing news for us but we respect Shane's reasons for wanting a career chance and we wish him every success for the future," stated Clegg.

So, is it just that he couldn't get a look in as the first team goalie, or did he really just have an odd change of heart and decide football wasn't for him?

Seems fairly unprecedented this.

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Dont know, its a weird 1, most likely when ur not getting a game tho ud start 2 get fed up with it, especially at a young age, quite surprised he didnt just move 2 another team 2 c if playing 1st team footy would make him feel differently

might end up back in footy at some point, seen it happen a few times when people have left for a year or 2 they realise they want to do it and go back

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I thought "Keano strikes again"

Indeed, my first thought reading between the lines was; it appears that he's contracted to a club with a retarded thug as a manager and feels that this is the only way out.

Though it is indeed strange, good player, enjoys his football, tipped for big things in football, twat of a manager arrives, suddenly he doesn’t like football, am I putting two and two together here and coming up with four?

Good luck to the young man.

He will regret it when he's in a shite job with shite pay.

I don't like my shit job but hey i still have to earn money. He'll soon find out what the real world is like...

The former Spurs keeper Espen Baardsen quit football at the age of 25 to become a fund manager for an asset management company.

… and didn't Hidi Nakata retire at 29 (despite being one of the best players around) because he said he never enjoyed football, it was just a job?

Though to be fair to him, playing football in Bolton, living in Bolton and mixing with people from Bolton may have made the decision for him.

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Ex-tim goalie Magnus Hedman went from being a businessman whose company turned over £5m in it's first year to being a keeper.

Complete opposite of this story.

I have no doubt something's happened with Keane behind the scenes.

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Ex-tim goalie Magnus Hedman went from being a businessman whose company turned over £5m in it's first year to being a keeper.

Complete opposite of this story.

I have no doubt something's happened with Keane behind the scenes.

Watford keeper Richard Lee tried to do both, he was on Dragons Den a couple of years back trying (and did I think) to get investment for his baseball cap shop.

Wasn't there something about Tomas Brolin and hoovers as well?! 00000091.gif

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Dont see why its so far fetched, doesnt sound too complicated to me.

Many players who play football dont actually like the game they just happen to be good at it, Duncan Ferguson is a good example, he always said that all he cared about were his pigeons.

The lads still young enough to go off and do whatever he wants in life so good luck to him.

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