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Damien Duff: I'm not planning on hanging up my boots anytime soon
The ex-Ireland international says he “definitely” wants to play in the League of Ireland in the future.

FULHAM STAR DAMIEN Duff says he is determined to continue playing at the highest level despite an injury curtailing the winger’s season.

Speaking to former Ireland teammate Keith Andrews on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, Duff said: “I’m not planning on hanging up my boots anytime soon,” adding that he would “definitely” consider playing League of Ireland football at some stage.

Duff also revealed that the injury that ended his season came about as a result of extra training, after Fulham had given him four days off.

In addition, the 35-year-old praised Everton’s Seamus Coleman ahead of the Toffees’ game at Craven Cottage today, suggesting he should have “double” the number of caps he currently holds for Ireland.

“He’s the best right-back in the league in my opinion and Everton will do well to keep hold of him,” Duff added.

Explaining the current situation at Fulham, he admitted that “nothing’s gone right on or off the pitch,” but expressed hope that the team could get the “four or five wins” necessary to avoid relegation.

Meanwhile, Duff dismissed suggestions that his body could no longer take the strain of playing for Ireland following his retirement from international football, explaining: “It felt right, there was no great reason.”

Asked whether he misses playing for Ireland, he said: “I can’t say I do,” citing his two kids as a factor in the decision to quit and adding: “I certainly didn’t miss it when we were playing Germany at home.”

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