The form of Richard Wright has restricted Supple's first-team chances
Highly rated Ipswich goalkeeper Shane Supple has decided to walk away from football at the age of 22 having "fallen out of love with the game".
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 star came through the club's academy and made 38 first team appearances.
"Playing professional football is not something I want to continue doing," Supple told the club's website.
"As you grow up you realise there are other things in life and to be honest, the game is not what I thought it was."
Supple played a key role in Ipswich's FA Youth Cup triumph in 2005, when Town beat a Southampton side that included Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale, and saved a penalty in his last appearance, a shoot-out victory over Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup last week.
His first-team opportunities have been limited since Richard Wright returned to Portman Road from West Ham in July 2008.
Ipswich have agreed to cancel the Dubliner's contract at his request, and it will allow him to pursue a career outside of professional football immediately.
Deep down my heart is not in the game any more and I'm not going to go into work every day trying to convince myself that it is so it's the right time for me to walk away
Supple plans to return to Ireland to spend time with his family and consider his options which, he insists, "won't be in football".
"There is not one reason why I have made my decision, there are a number of factors," said Supple.
"But deep down my heart is not in the game any more and I'm not going to go into work every day trying to convince myself that it is, so it's the right time for me to walk away.
"I suppose you could say that I have fallen out of love with the game and when that happens I've always said to myself that I wouldn't hang around."
Supple, who had brief loan spells at Falkirk and Oldham, was quick to praise Ipswich manager Roy Keane for the way the former Manchester United midfielder responded to the news.
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