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Friday, 6 September, 2002, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Quinn denies quit rumour
Niall Quinn celebrating one of his 215 goals for Sunderland
Niall Quinn is not quite ready to end his career
Sunderland striker Niall Quinn has dismissed reports that his retirement is imminent.

The 35-year-old has already finished his international career with the Republic of Ireland after the World Cup following 91 appearances and a record 21 goals for his country.

And according to reports, he had told team-mates at Sunderland that he was about to finish his domestic career.

But the striker, who has also had successful spells with Arsenal and Manchester City, denied the claims.

He told he club's official web site: "If it's ok with everyone I'd like to pick my own time to retire."

However, the signs are that Quinn's long-term back injury will mean he hangs up his boots sooner rather than later.

And Quinn appears to be making provisions for the day he calls time on his career.

He took on a more hands-on role with coaching at Sunderland from the start of the new season - a position he is keen to pursue in the future.

Quinn moved from Dublin as a 17-year-old to London to come under the watchful eye of George Graham at Arsenal.

He was seven years at Highbury before moving to Maine Road in 1990.

He scored 21 goals in his first season with City - the first player since Brian Kidd in the Seventies to hit 20 League goals in a season.

Donation

Sunderland boss Peter Reid snapped him up and brought him to the old Roker Park in 1996.

Quinn has scored 68 goals in 215 appearances for the Black Cats.

He had his Testimonial match last season when Sunderland played the Republic of Ireland.

Quinn drew praise after donating about 1m from the match to children's hospitals in Britain and Ireland, and to African schools to buy books.

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