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Saturday 21 September 2019

'What's the point being 20st and riding a bike?' asks Roy

Roy Keane applauds fans after the Liam Miller tribute match in Cork last year
Roy Keane applauds fans after the Liam Miller tribute match in Cork last year

Former Ireland football hero Roy Keane no longer goes to the gym and said he wonders what is the point when he sees people weighing 20 stone out cycling.

Speaking to retired rugby international and Munster star Donncha O'Callaghan, Keane said he still likes to exercise but feels he has done his time when it comes to the gym or running.

Passionate

"I still like to get up early, I still like doing some sort of physical exercise," he told O'Callaghan.

"I wouldn't be going to the gym or going cycling or swimming or joining clubs or lifting weights or anything like that.

"I think that's great, that was part of my life and I was passionate about it, but I just found passion for other things now. I've done my time.

"I don't do any running. I see people out cycling, like maybe I should buy a racer or something. I wouldn't be into all the gear and the glasses.

"I look at people who are about 20 stone and I say, 'What's the point in you cycling?'

"I still have that mindset, a bit. Forget the fact that they actually might be enjoying it."

O'Callaghan has recorded Game Over: True Lives for Virgin Media One, which docu-ments the "very personal" journey through his retirement from rugby.

He interviewed some sporting heroes, both here and abroad, including fellow Cork man Keane, as part of the production.

In the interview, the former Ireland assistant manager and now Nottingham Forest assistant manager said he lives a normal life.

"I did an interview a few years ago and somebody asked me who puts my bins out. I have to put my bins out. I'm living a normal life," he said.

"I've offered my young lad a few bob but he won't do it.

"I drive the kids to school, I'm stuck in traffic going, 'Is this what my life is?' Well, it is, you have to sit in traffic for an hour or two like millions of other people."

Keane said that when he hung up his boots he expected his family life to be like The Waltons, including walks in the park, but that is not what happened.

"I found after a month or two that they didn't have the same plans as me, so I think they were missing me going to work as much as anything," he said.

Game Over: True Lives is on Virgin Media One tomorrow at 10.30pm

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