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Thursday 21 Sep 2023
Craig Cathcart: An open letter to the GAWA

Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart has written an open letter to Northern Ireland fans after calling time on his career as a professional footballer.

Dear GAWA,

After much careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to retire from football.

It was not an easy choice to make, but at this stage of my life I can no longer ignore the fact that my enthusiasm and motivation to play the game is not what it once was.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at KV Kortrijk for their understanding and acceptance of my decision to retire. I wish them all the very best for the future.

Playing for Northern Ireland was always an experience I treasured.

From winning my first cap against Slovenia in 2010 to the career high of competing at the Euros in 2016, it has been an honour and a privilege to wear the green jersey in front of, to my mind, the best fans in the world.

I consider myself incredibly privileged to have had an 18-year career in football, filled with fantastic experiences at both club and international level.

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me throughout this journey.

I have formed lifelong friendships and created unforgettable memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Thank you all once again.

Craig Cathcart