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Conor Gormley calls time on Tyrone career


Conor Gormley

Conor Gormley

Conor Gormley

Tyrone defender Conor Gormley says the decision to retire from inter-county football was one of the most difficult he ever had to make.

The 34-year-old won three All-Ireland titles and four Ulster championships with the Red Hand, while he also collected three All-Star awards and four county titles with his club, Carrickmore St Colmcille's.

"It was the most difficult decision that I had to make in my sporting career," acknowledged Gormley.

"In fairness to Mickey (Harte) he gave me plenty of time to come to my decision and I thought long and hard about it. It's a big commitment to play county football nowadays and in my head I believe that I could still offer something at this level but I feel that I have come to the right decision.

"It was disappointing that my last game in a Tyrone shirt ended in a championship defeat against our neighbours Armagh. I suppose at the end of that game it was in the back of my mind that was the last time I would wear a Tyrone jersey but I have only made the decision to retire lately. At the start of last year we had twins and family commitments come first now.

"I enjoyed every minute of it. and I want to thank my mum and dad, my wife, my sisters and all the family for their support over the years as I couldn't have achieved what I did without them."

A former team-mate of Gormley's, Peter Canavan, has joined the Tyrone under-21 backroom team as a coach with manager Fergal Logan.