Drogheda United midfielder Sean Brennan has retired from football with immediate effect, moving to a coaching role assisting manager Tim Clancy and assistant Kevin Doherty.
The 34-year-old retires having turned out for Drogheda United, Athlone Town, Shelbourne and Monaghan United in his SSE Airtricity League career. He played for his hometown club, as did his three brothers – Gavin, Ryan and Killian. He scored 34 goals in 178 appearances for the club.
In a statement released on Monday evening, the club called Brennan ‘one of Drogheda United’s greatest players and servants’.
Brennan first joined United in 2012 where he stayed for one season before spells at Lissywoolen and Tolka Park. He rejoined the club ahead of the 2015 season and has represented the Drogs for two seasons in the Premier Division and four in the First Division, the latter of which has been the delayed and truncated 2020 campaign.
Brennan has seen his role in the team diminished this season, starting none of Drogheda’s seven league encounters and appearing as a substitute four times. He has however demonstrated his usefulness to the squad with two goals – against Conh Ramblers and UCD.
Since the start of the 2018 season, Brennan scored 20 league goals for the United Park side and demonstrated a reliable prowess from set piece situations.
‘Sean has brought so much joy to so many Drogheda fans throughout his career and is recognised as one of the most naturally talented footballers in the League of Ireland,’ the statement read.
Brennan himself said he was proud and honoured to represent United. “I just want to thank everyone at the club for everything over the last number of years, from the manager to the coaching staff to the people behind the scenes that don’t get the credit they deserve. I’m very proud and honoured to have played for this special club for so long. ”
On social media, the midfielder who captained his hometown club on many occasions, added, “So the time has come for me to retire from the game I love so much.
“I’ve had the honour of pulling on the claret and blue which was always my dream. I want to thank everyone at the club from the chairman to the manager and coaching staff, to the incredible people behind the scenes that don’t get the credit they deserve, to the fans and the people of Drogheda I thank you for always supporting me – and most importantly to my family; the support you have shown me is nothing short of incredible, in good times and bad, on and off the pitch. To my wife and kids, I don’t know how you put up with me I cannot thank you enough. I love you
Club chairman, Conor Hoey said; “Sean is a local legend, a beautiful footballer and a genuinely great guy. He’s been a pleasure to have in the club and I’m delighted that he is going to remain involved with the squad for the rest of this season. I’m also hopeful that he’ll be involved in the club in some capacity thereafter.
“Sean, we salute you and thank you for your amazing contribution to our wonderful club.”