Experienced trio of Christy Toye, Rory Kavanagh and David Walsh call time on their Donegal careers
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has been dealt another huge blow ahead of the 2017 season after announcing that Christy Toye, Rory Kavanagh and David Walsh have retired from inter-county football.
Gallagher's plans were already dented in the past week with the news that Odhran MacNiallais and Leo McCloone have opted to take a season-long break.
Colm McFadden and Eamonn McGee announced their decision to retire after last year's Championship, meaning that Gallagher is now left without a whole raft of the county's 2012 All-Ireland winning team.
According to local media reports, Anthony Thompson has not rejoined the panel for the new season due to other commitments but that situation may change.
There are also doubts over Neil Gallagher's continued participation with the Tir Chonaill men after a litany of injuries.
Toye made his inter-county debut in 2002 and accumulated three Ulster titles, a National League and an All-Ireland medal in his 14-year career.
The 33-year-old suffered a serious Achilles injury in 2009 but battled back to take part in Donegal's 2012 All-Ireland triumph over Mayo.
Kavanagh previously retired after the 2014 All-Ireland defeat to Kerry but returned in January, 2015 for one last season in a Donegal jersey.
Naomh Bríd forward Walsh came on the 2014 win over Mayo and was an impact player throughout the last decade.
“They’re big losses in experience,” Gallagher told the local Donegal media today. “It’s been outrageous, the commitment they’ve given to Donegal.
“We have been very fortunate with all of these players.
“Christy and Rory are two of a kind. We’ve become so accustomed to seeing them in training and in games.
“They owe no-one anything and they’ve enjoyed their careers, especially the last few years.”