‘Baz’ considers retirement after rejecting City offer

Ex-Derry City captain Barry Molloy is considering hanging up his boots.
Ex-Derry City captain Barry Molloy is considering hanging up his boots.

FORMER Derry City skipper, Barry Molloy is considering hanging up his boots after rejecting an offer to return to the Brandywell club this week.

The 32 year-old midfielder revealed to the ‘Journal’ last month that a return to his hometown club, where he served for 10 years, would be ‘too good to turn down’.

However, after considering a contract tabled by the club this week, Molloy felt he just couldn’t commit.

“I was offered a contract but decided to decline it as it wasn’t right for me,” he said.

“It was a big commitment to make and the offer wasn’t enough to make me go back.

“I felt I was probably better off to concentrate on my work and it’s now time to hang up my boots.“

“At the minute that’s my thinking. I have been talking to a few clubs and I have a few other things which might have come about, but at the minute I’m thinking towards retirement.”

The Next Step

Molloy who was out of contract since parting ways with Irish League club, Crusaders recently, had struggled with injuries during his time at Seaview.

And he feels it’s time to ‘let his body heal’ as he prepares to walk away from senior football.

“It’s time to let my body heel,” added Molloy.

“I’ve played through a lot of injuries in the past and I think it’s a good time to get myself right and look to the future.

“I’ve been very lucky to play for good teams and play in a lot of great stadiums and big finals, so I’m very fortunate .

“You can never rule out anything in football but maybe it’s the right time to leave football behind for now and concentrate on the next step in my life.”