Former Man City defender Richard Dunne set to retire from pro football after being released by QPR 17:13, 31 May 2015 By Jacob Murtagh please log in to view this image The veteran centre-back is understood to have followed ex-team-mate Rio Ferdinand in deciding to hang up his boots after an 18-year career 45 Shares Richard Dunne has called time on his 18-year career, reports the Irish Mirror. The former Everton, Manchester City and Aston Villa defender was among six players released by QPR earlier this week following their relegation from the Premier League. Dunne's former team-mate Rio Ferdinand announced his retirement on Saturday after leaving Loftus Road and it is understood the centre-back has also decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old was shown the door on Wednesday, but had already decided to pass up other offers to continue playing, in favour of spending more time with his family; wife Helen and children Lila and Tayo . Dunne was linked with a move to India, USA and a return to Ireland, but has called an end to a professional playing career that began when he signed his first contract at Everton. The Dubliner made more than 600 club appearances after making his debut for the Toffees as a teenager back in 1997.