'I've loved every minute of my journey' - Four-time All Star Paul Flynn calls time on his Dublin career due to back injury
Dublin have been dealt a blow in their five-in-a-row bid after experienced forward Paul Flynn confirmed he has stepped away from the panel ahead of the Championship.
The Fingallians clubman has struggled to rediscover his best from since undergoing surgery on his back in 2018.
The four-time All-Star won 10 Leinster titles and six All-Ireland crowns during an illustrious career.
In a statement released today, he said: "After 12 proud years wearing the Dublin jersey I have made the difficult decision to step away from the Dublin football panel. It’s an enormous privilege to play for your county and I feel incredibly lucky and proud that I got to play for Dublin for as long as I have. Dublin football has played a huge part in my life and I will be forever grateful for all that it has given me.
"I was honoured to train and play alongside exceptional teammates week in week out, to have enjoyed the support of extraordinary managers over the years and to have had the support of dedicated, world class backroom teams. I’m grateful for all that they’ve taught me over the years and for the lifelong friendships that I made along the way.
"My football career started and ended with the support of my club, my family and my friends and to them I am eternally grateful.
"Since my back surgery last year I’ve struggled to reach the fitness required for inter county and to reach the standards that I set for myself. While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.
"I’ve loved every minute of my journey with Dublin football and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever. I move on now with gratitude to the next chapter of my life."