Armagh forward Steven McDonnell announces intercounty retirement

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Sport

Armagh forward Steven McDonnell has announced he has retired from intercounty football. The 32 year old played no part in Armagh’s National Football League campaign this year, however manager Paddy O’Rourke was hopeful of a Championship return.

Posting on Twitter, the Killeavy man said, “After 13 years of playing football with Armagh at county level I have decided that the time is right for me to retire at this level and move on.”

“I want to thank all the managers and players that I played alongside and made some great friendships along the way. I also want to thank all the supporters from Armagh that supported throughout and the supporters from all over Ireland that respected what Armagh done in this time.”

The popular forward began his intercounty career in 1999 and went on to win seven Ulster Championships, a National Football League and a famous All Ireland in 2002. McDonnell also picked up three All Star medals and featured for Ireland in the International Rules series several times.

Intercounty stars throughout Ireland took to Twitter in tribute to McDonnell’s career:

Down’s Benny Coulter:
Just heard of the retirement of @Killeavy13 from the intercounty scene.a bad day for supporters throughout Ireland #legend #armaghsbestever

Dublin’s Alan Brogan:
best of luck stevie, pleasure to watch you and play alongside you on international rules team.

Donegal’s Kevin Cassidy:
all the best Stevie you were Our downfall on so many occasions over the last decade but you can’t begrudge class enjoy mate

Derry’s Paddy Bradley:
Best of luck to @Killeavy13 in his retirement.One of the best in the business and one I had the pleasure of playing alongside #topclass

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke:
A privilege to have played with him. A class act and one of the best the game has seen. #steviefromkilleavy #ardmhachaabu


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