Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cork legend Graham Canty hangs up his boots

19 September 2010; Cork captain Graham Canty lifts the Sam Maguire Cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Down v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
19 September 2010; Cork captain Graham Canty lifts the Sam Maguire Cup. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Down v Cork, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Cork's 2010 All-Ireland winning captain Graham Canty has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The 32-year-old has been a talismatic figure for the Rebels since 2000 and follows defenders Noel O'Leary and Paudie Kissane into retirement.

The hugely competitive Bantry Blues clubman calls time on his inter-county career having lifted Sam Maguire in 2010 and winning three national league titles, four Munster SFCs, three All Stars and hacing the pleasure of representing Ireland regularly in the International Rules Series.

"I've had a good run at it. There are no regrets, certainly," Canty told the Irish Examiner.

"I'm glad to be finishing up with Cork while the body is in good enough nick. I'll be continuing with the club, 100%. When you're playing intercounty, you don't train with your club, realistically, so I'll be glad to fall back in with the lads in Bantry again.

"It was a great honour to play for Cork, and to captain Cork, obviously, but it was also hugely enjoyable. I was very lucky to have such great support from family, from my club, from the various management teams, all of which allowed me to play for Cork.

"Did I think I'd still be playing football for Cork in 2013, when I started off back in 2000? I'd have been happy if you'd told me I'd still be playing football, full stop."

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