After our season ends on Sunday, defender John O’Shea hangs up his boots on a remarkable playing career, which has spanned 20 years and seen a haul of winners’ medals come his way.
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A fabulous playing career is coming to a close – today, on his 38th birthday, @johnoshea81 has announced he is to retire at the end of the season. Just a very small part of his playing days have been spent with the Royals, but he has amassed a medal collection that any player would be extremely proud of, winning almost everything possible during almost 20 years as a professional footballer. And, off the pitch, one of the nicest, most humble and genuine people you’ll meet in any walk of life. Happy birthday and thank you for all your efforts during your time at Madejski Stadium, John! We wish you well in the next chapter of your career!
Reading boss José Gomes has had the opportunity to work with the centre-half since December – and paid tribute to his outstanding contributions throughout his career, and also during his time at Reading.
“He is an intelligent person, who has had a fantastic career,” said Gomes. “He played at a top club and won everything.
“And he knows how to talk to everybody. Everybody respects him.
“He is a fantastic professional and an example for the young players. He is a very positive person, too.
“We will see what the future brings, but I would like to see John working in football for many more years.”
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