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.