Kevin Doyle refuses to rule out League of Ireland return

The Republic of Ireland international has said that he 'really enjoyed' his time playing in the League of Ireland and has refused to rule out a potential return
Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Kevin Doyle has admitted that he may return to play in the League of Ireland at the end of his career.

The Wexford-born forward began his career at local club Wexford Youths before signing professional terms with St Patrick's Athletic in 2002. After impressing for the Pat's under-18 team, Doyle was drafted into the senior squad, before moving to Turners Cross to join Cork City at the start of 2003.

Speaking to the Star, the 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international was coy when asked about a potential return to the League of Ireland.

"I don't know, you never say never," Doyle said. "I've always said that I'll stop playing when I'm not wanted at a high level. I won't end up going back down the leagues."

A return of 25 goals in 76 games for Cork City and caught the attention of Reading, who signed Doyle from the Leesiders in the summer of 2005 for a bargain price of £78,000.

He kept up his good form with the Royals, helping them lift the Championship title in his first season and after proving himself in the Premier League, moved to Wolves for £6.5 million in 2009. Doyle is contracted at Molineux until 2015, but could well return to play in the Airtricity League as he winds down his career.

He added: "But you just don't know. I might just miss football and I might just miss playing. I really enjoyed League of Ireland.

"I'm not trying to be cheesy but it was pretty good then. We were pretty successful. We had a good time at Cork City - the crowds, playing in the European competitions, we seemed to get massive support and a lot of coverage," said the Wolves striker.