Coleman is only 26, so retirement is a long, long way off but he says he still harbours ambitions to play GAA when he finishes with football.
Coleman has revealed his admiration for the sport in the past and credits the game for helping him when he first moved to Sligo Rovers from local club St Catherine’s.
However, it was the lure of being able to play the game professionally which prompted Coleman to focus his concentrations on soccer and he decided to move away from the GAA at 17.
Despite that decision he has never lost his love or respect for the sport and says he hopes to return home when he retires and play Gaelic for his local GAA club Killybegs.
Coleman said, “‘I was a far better Gaelic player than I was a soccer player, but you are not going to make a career in Gaelic football.
‘The players train like professionals but they aren’t getting paid. At 17, I decided to take soccer more seriously.’
Coleman famously moved to Everton for just €60,000 in one of the best pieces of transfer business ever done by the club.
He has gone on to establish himself as one of the best full-backs in the Premiership and has earned 28 international caps.
Coleman will hope he can continue to perform at the highest level for the next decade or so.
Then he hopes to return home and start playing GAA again with Killybegs.
‘I have a massive respect for Gaelic football and I hope I can go back and play it again.
“You can play at 36 or 37 if you look after yourself.