Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kitcho Huge Loss to Knights; Surprise Retirement to Relish More Family Time

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kitcho Huge Loss to Knights; Surprise Retirement to Relish More Family Time

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Byline: DAVID LEMS

BEING from one of Ipswich's most famous sporting families, Shaun C[pounds sterling]KitchoC[yen] Kitching was always going to be a quality footballer.

However, retiring on his 27th birthday is sure to surprise many people.

The popular footballer has decided to spend more time with his young family.

C[pounds sterling]I'm only 27 but I thought it was a good time,C[yen] Kitching said of his decision to hang up the boots.

C[pounds sterling]I started playing when I was four and haven't had a season off since then.

C[pounds sterling]If I didn't have two kids, I definitely would still be playing but it's taking up a lot of my time and I thought it's a good time to spend a bit more time with them.C[yen]

Shaun and wife Ashlee have a four-year-old son Cooper and one-year-old daughter Scarlett.

Ironically, Cooper has just started playing with the Knights minis (under-5s) this year.

While keen to help Cooper along, dad Shaun won't miss training twice a week.

C[pounds sterling]It was a tough decision but it's good to go out on my own terms,C[yen] Shaun said, having played some of his best football in recent weeks.

With the Knights tackling Moggill at Bellbowrie Sports Complex tonight, head coach Ashley Hempstead said Kitching would be a huge loss.

C[pounds sterling]He's one of my type of players that rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck in,C[yen] Hempstead said.

C[pounds sterling]He's got a bit of bite to his game and he will be a blow.C[yen]

Whether Kitching returns in the future will depend on how much he misses the game and his family priorities.

However, he'll be remembered as one of Ipswich's toughest and hardest working midfielders.

Kitcho thrived on physical encounters and had the skills to hold his own at Premier League level.

Playing for the Ipswich Invitational side against one of his favourite teams Co A-League champions Brisbane Roar Co was up with his major achievements. …

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