Ian Harte announces retirement, Leeds United send him a message, fans react

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Leeds United legend Ian Harte has announced his retirement.

Ian Harte has announced his retirement after more than two decades in football.

The Republic of Ireland international is best remembered for his time at Leeds United, and most recently played for Bournemouth with his contract expiring in June.

He also played for Blackpool, Reading, Sunderland, Carlisle United, and Spanish side Levante.

He confirmed his retirement via Twitter...

 

Leeds remain a club close to Harte, and he still follows their results. Even this past weekend he sent a message via his Twitter page showing his support ahead of the Yorkshire Derby with Sheffield Wednesday.

 

In reaction to his retirement, Leeds United were quick to acknowledge it, reaching out to Harte via Twitter, sending their best wishes to the former left-back.

 

Former teammate Nigel Martyn was among those to send Harte a message.

Harte, 37, is among the top scoring Premier League defenders of all time, third highest overall, thanks to his deadly ability from set pieces. His 28 goals is ahead of Leighton Baines (26), and below only John Terry (35) and David Unsworth (38).

The left-back played a key role in the club's successful European run in the early 2000s, scoring a memorable goal against Deportivo La Coruna.

He made more than 60 international appearances for Ireland, and played at the 2002 World Cup for his country.

Here is a look at how Leeds fans reacted to news of his retirement...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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