Dundalk FC captain O’Donnell expected to hang up his boots
Dundalk FC captain Stephen O’Donnell is set to announce his retirement from football this week.
According to a report in The Irish Independent, the 32-year-old will hang up his boots to take up a role as part of Vinny Perth’s backroom team at Oriel Park.
It is expected the Galwegian will replace new assistant head coach Ruaidhri Higgins as opposition analyst while taking on a broader role that will involve coaching and player recruitment.
While a firm fans favourite, O’Donnell has been plagued by injury in recent years. Last May he broke his leg away to Waterford FC in the RSC, only returning to action for the final league match of the season away to Bohemian FC in Dalymount Park.
O’Donnell has won six league titles in a stellar career, including four with Dundalk, while he participated in the group stages of the Europa League with Shamrock Rovers in 2011 and again with Dundalk in 2016.