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McMenamin calls time on Tyrone days

RYAN McMENAMIN has ended an illustrious 13-year Tyrone senior career when he informed Mickey Harte that he was stepping away from the inter-county scene.

'Ricey' leaves the intercounty stage with three All-Ireland medals and an All Star for his performances in 2005 and insisted he had planned last season to be his swansong.

"I thought about it for a long time, but I had sort of given myself a manly word last year, that 2012 would do me," he explained. "So the time has come and I think it's the right time for me to move on. After playing 13 years, you kind of think you could still play on, but I want to be fit to continue to play for Dromore and give them 100 per cent whilst I still can."

His retirement leaves just Seán Cavanagh, John Devine, Conor Gormley and Owen Mulligan from Tyrone's maiden 2003 All-Ireland win after a raft of players decided to end their association with the Red Hands over the past couple of years.

Harte has, however, freshened up his backroom team up for 2013, bringing in his centre-back from 2003, Gavin Devlin, as trainer.

Micko for Clare

MICK O'DWYER will sensationally be proposed as Clare senior football manager next week after apparently reaching an agreement to succeed Micheál McDermott in the Banner County.

The 76 year-old has been inactive in a management capacity since leaving Wicklow at the end of the 2011 season and was recently bereaved following the death of his wife, Mary Carmel.

However, he is set to add Clare to the list of counties he has managed after Banner chiefs convinced O'Dwyer to lend his services in the West.

Quirke out

CORK will have to do without goalkeeper, Alan Quirke, for their entire Allianz League Division 1 title defence next season after he was informed he would be stationed in the Lebanon with his job in the defence forces.

Ken O'Halloran shared goalkeeping responsibilities with Quirke during this year's league before the latter established himself as Conor Counihan's number one for their subsequent championship campaign.

Counihan has plenty of options. David Lordon was involved this year as third-choice while Seán Mellet - U21 netminder for the past two seasons - is expected to make the graduation to senior soon.