It’s sad news tonight as former Reading man Kevin Doyle has announced his retirement from professional football. The 34 year-old, who played most recently for Colorado Rapids in the MLS, announced on Twitter that medical advice related to problems heading the ball had forced him into the move.
Statement on my retirment pic.twitter.com/3dTXdk4EXU— Kevin Doyle (@KevinDoyle1983) September 28, 2017
Reading fans will look back fondly on a spell in Berkshire that saw Doyle score 55 times in 157 appearances. His 18 league goals in 2005/06 saw him finish joint top-scorer with Dave Kitson, with the Irishman staying at the club for a further three seasons.
After playing in a Reading side that narrowly missed out on automatic promotion in Steve Coppell’s last season in charge, Doyle moved on to Wolves where he scored 34 times in 179 matches. Later in his career, he featured for the likes of Crystal Palace, Queens Park Rangers and Colorado Rapids.
He also excelled at international level, scoring 14 goals in a 63 game career for the Republic of Ireland.
Kev’s had a fantastic career, and it’s a real shame to see it end. All of us at The Tilehurst End wish him the very best for his future endeavours.