James Keatings denies retirement talk as ex-Hibs and Hearts star hints at return

James Keatings has denied suggestions he will retire from football at the age of 30.

The striker was released from his Raith Rovers contract by mutual consent this week, with his loan spell at Montrose coming to an end at the same time.

Injuries were cited as the reason and he hadn’t made an appearance for the Gable Endies in months.

The former Hibs and Hearts striker moved to Links Park in September after completing a free transfer to Rovers only in the summer.

His departure has sparked speculation of an early retirement, but Keatings insists he could be back in football next season.

He tweeted wrote: “Would like to thank everyone at Montrose for the opportunity this season and also looking after me a great club with first class people.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t give more due to some issues.

“After some talks with Raith we came to an agreement that it was better for me to leave the club, I wish all the guys all the best for the rest of the season.

“I am taking some well deserved time away from football to spend with my family and to work on a new career that I have started away from football.

“It’s not retirement, it’s a break for me… I’ll see what next season brings.”

Raith’s statement this week read: “Raith Rovers Football Club announces today that we have agreed terms with striker James Keatings on the termination of his contract with the club due to injury.

“James’ loan deal with SPFL League 1 side Montrose has also been canceled with immediate effect.

“We wish James and his family well for the future.”

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