Waterford FC have confirmed that Damien Delaney has left the club by mutual agreement.

Delaney, the Blues captain, joined the club at the start of the season having spent last season with Cork City and has now announced his retirement from professional football. 

He was capped nine times by the senior Republic of Ireland team and made 130 appearances for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The central defender spent 18 years playing in England, with Palace, Ipswich Town, QPR, Hull, and Leicester City, before coming home to play in the Premier Division.

In a statement on Twitter, the 37-year-old said he was calling time now to allow more opportunities for Waterford's younger players. 

Manager Alan Reynolds: "I want to thank Damien for everything he's done at the club this season since he joined.

"He's been great helping the younger players and a great guy to have around the squad. His experience has helped the whole squad and I'm grateful for him coming down to play for the club.