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Last Updated: Friday, 22 August, 2003, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Irwin confirms retirement plans
Wolves' Dennis Irwin
Football Focus
Sat 23 Aug, 1210 BST, BBC One

Wolves veteran Dennis Irwin has confirmed that he will call time on his playing career at the end of the current season.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland full-back was widely expected to retire in the summer, but following Wolves' promotion to the Premiership decided to have one final season in the top flight.

Asked by Football Focus if this season would be his last, the 37-year-old replied with an unequivocal "Yes".

However Irwin, who won seven Premiership titles, two FA Cups and Champions League at United, admitted that he is still undecided what direction any future career will take.

We know it's going to be a tough old season
Dennis Irwin

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I'll do one or two things," he added.

Irwin and his Wolves team-mates were handed a harsh lesson in the realities of life in the Premiership as Blackburn inflicted an opening-day 5-1 thrashing.

Dave Jones' men host Charlton on Saturday with Irwin stressing they must adapt to life in the top flight quickly.

He said: "I think everyone realised the Premier League is going to be a different kettle of fish to the First Division and they definitely know now.

"But we've got 37 more games and it's up to us to put that behind us and learn from it.

"We'll know better after the Charlton game how much more we have to do or how far we've come.

"We were written off before the Blackburn defeat and even more so now. But it's just one game. We know it's going to be a tough old season.

"But we'll be able to tell a lot more after the game on Saturday."

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