Thursday 29 September 2016

'I won't miss chicken, pasta and warm-ups' - Donegal's Eamon McGee on his retirement

Harry Clarke

Published 08/08/2016 | 19:43

Eamon McGee
Eamon McGee

Donegal's Eamon McGee has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

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McGee played his last match for Donegal in their five-point All Ireland quarter final defeat to Dublin on Saturday, bringing an end to an illustrious 12-year career that peaked in 2012 when he picked up an All Ireland medal.

McGee becomes the second high-profile name to end his Donegal career following Colm McFadden's decision to retire after the defeat to Dublin.

McGee revealed the things he will not miss when he took to Twitter to say: "Two things I won't miss is chicken and pasta and warm ups. Thanks for all the tweets and messages feeling the love today. A great journey."

Following their loss to the Dubs, Donegal manager Rory Gallagher admitted he was expecting big names to retire.

"It's not something I have spoken about - the reality is that it's inevitable a few lads will call it a day," said Gallagher.

"There's no doubt that we have a lot of players with a lot of mileage. One thing that stands out from this game is the phenomenal athleticism of Dublin.

"They have a number of players not as old as ours and that can dictate your tactics against them.

"We have a lot of lads playing a long time. Several of them won the National League in 2007. We've got to rebuild as a county. They (Donegal) have had reasonable success with the U-21 and minor teams and they have got to keep bringing those players through to replace the older lads. I see a great future for Donegal," said Gallagher.

Rory Kavanagh (33), Christy Toye (33),Karl Lacey (31), Anthony Thompson (30) and Neil McGee (30) have all been on the scene a very long time, contributing enormously to a glory period for Donegal, but it remains to be seen how many of them will be aboard next season.

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