Promising goalkeeper falls out of love with game

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Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has called time on his promising professional career having "fallen out of love with the game".

The 22-year-old had long been regarded as a bright prospect. He helped the club win the FA Youth Cup in 2005, and went on to make 38 first team appearances for the club.

His last game was in the Carling Cup against Shrewsbury last week in which he saved a penalty, helping Ipswich to a shoot-out win.

"It's something that I have been thinking about for a long while," Supple told

"It's obviously a big decision but I feel that playing professional football is not something I want to continue doing as a career.

"There is no one reason why I have made my decision, there are a number of factors but deep down my heart is not in the game anymore 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 then happens I've always said to myself that I wouldn't hang around.

"All I wanted to do when I was younger was play in the Premier League but as you grow up you realise that there are other things in life and to be honest, the game is not what I thought it was."

The Dubliner is yet to make any decisions on where his future lies but has expressed his intention to pursue a career outside of professional football.

"This is the right decision for me now. I'm going back to Ireland to spend time with my family and look at my options but they won't be in football," he concluded.

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