Following 13 years of service; Armagh forward Stephen McDonnell has called time on his inter-county career.
The three time All Star was one of the pivotal members of Armagh’s groundbreaking 2002 All-Ireland winning side.
“After 13 years of playing county football with Armagh I have decided the time is right for me to retire at this level and move on,” McDonnell posted on Twitter.
The Killeavy man went on to thank all the managers and fans along the way who supported him and his county during his time on the inter-county scene.
McDnnell’s 2002 Armagh manager, Joe Kernan paid tribute to the Newry man stating:
“I’m sorry to see him go. He owed nothing and Armagh wouldn’t have had the success without him. He knows best. He has a wife and four kids and it was a pleasure dealing with him.”
McDonnell was 2003 GPA Footballer of the Year and won seven Ulster titles to go with his 2002 All-Ireland. He also won a National Football League title. The prolific corner forward captained Ireland’s 2010 International Rules team. He recently had a fourth child which is thought to have played a part in the 32 year-old’s decision to call it a day from the inter-county scene.