Friday 26 December 2014

Kildare star Johnny Doyle announces his retirement from inter-county football

Published 06/04/2014 | 20:37

Johnny Doyle has missed out on the chance to become Ireland's oldest player against Australia
Johnny Doyle

Kildare legend Johnny Doyle has decided to end his inter-county career after 15 seasons with the Lilywhites.

An All Star in 2010, Doyle won a Leinster title in his debut season, but an Allianz League Division II title in 2012 aside, the Allenwood clubman has failed to build on that success.

In a statement after Kildare's victory over Westmeath today released through the GPA, he said: "I wish to announce my retirement from county football today. I make this decision very reluctantly but do so based on my family commitments.

"It has been a great privilege for me to have worn the Kildare jersey for the past 15 years and a wonderful honour to have soldiered with and against so many great players.

"This commitment has shaped me as a person and Kildare football has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. However, I am confident that now is the right time to close this chapter and move on to an exciting period in my life.

"I would like to acknowledge the support of my family which has been, at all times, unconditional. Quite frankly I could not have functioned without that extraordinary backing and I am so grateful.

"I would like to thank my club Allenwood GFC who I was so proud to represent. Thanks to the Kildare supporters who have always shown great loyalty to me as a player and to our county squad.

"Thanks to our sponsors Tegral and more recently Brady’s Ham and to the Kildare Co Board for the support during my county career.

"I have played for Kildare under five different managers and I would like to pay tribute to all five for placing their faith in me as a footballer. Thanks also to the various management teams and backroom staff for their support and kindness over the years.

"Finally I would like to wish Jason Ryan, his management team and the current Kildare squad the very best of luck for the championship season 2014 and indeed on into the future."

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