SLIDESHOW: Michael Doyle in pictures as midfielder announces Sheffield United departure

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Michael Doyle has announced he will be leaving Bramall Lane when his contract expires next month, writes James Shield.

Although Sheffield United have yet to officially announce their retained and released list - it must be lodged with the relevant authorities by Saturday at the latest - the former Republic of Ireland international chose to make his own personal announcement last night.

Sheffield United's Michael Doyle (left) during the club's recent game against Chesterfield

Sheffield United's Michael Doyle (left) during the club's recent game against Chesterfield

Doyle, who was an unused substitute during the second-leg of Monday’s League One play-off semi-final against Swindon Town, said: “I’ve had some great years and was gutted not to get promoted. I’ve got to move on now and let it go.

“I’ve had some tough times and some good times but I’ve cherished them all.”

Doyle made 231 appearances for United after being signed from Coventry City in 2011. He has also represented Leeds and Aarhus, of Denmark, since turning professional with Celtic.

The 33-year-old said: “One regret is not being able to say goodbye to the fans. They’ve always been great to me.

“They’ve always shown me great respect and hopefully I’ve done the same. I’ve always given 100 per cent whenever I’ve been on the pitch.”

Doyle, who remained based in the Midlands despite leaving the Ricoh Arena, was a member of the squad which reached the last four of both the FA and Capital One cups following Nigel Clough’s appointment as manager 19 months ago.

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