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Ex-Norwich City star set to become a priest

PhilMulryne2009: A former Norwich City, Manchester United and Northern Ireland football star is reportedly swapping his football kit for a cassock.

Midfielder Phil Mulryne, 31, is to begin training for the priesthood, it has been reported.

It is understood he has been invited to take holy orders by the Bishop of Down and Connor and that in seven years he could be ordained as a priest in the diocese.

His mother, Sally, confirmed her son's vocation to a Sunday newspaper, saying that it was a “big decision” for him but that he would be starting at the end of August.

Mulryne, who won 27 caps for Northern Ireland and scored three goals, joined City for £500,000 in March 1999 from Manchester United, where he had found it difficult to break into the first team.

He made 178 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 20 goals.

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., 22/07/2009

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