Monday 19 August 2019

Kerry star Bryan Sheehan announces retirement from inter-county football

20 August 2017; Bryan Sheehan of Kerry kicks a free during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
20 August 2017; Bryan Sheehan of Kerry kicks a free during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Five-time All-Ireland champion Bryan Sheehan has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Sheehan made 66 championship appearances for Kerry after making his championship debut in 2005, winning an All Star in 2011 after an outstanding individual campaign.

Sheehan was known for his long range free-taking ability, and showed his versatility during his Kerry career, moving between the forward line and midfield.

The 32-year-old also won three National League titles with the Kingdom.

"It has been an absolute honour for me to wear the Green and Gold jersey for 17 years, 14 of those with the Senior Team," Sheehan said in a statement.

"It was always a childhood dream to play for Kerry and to do so for so long fills me with great pride. I’ve been so lucky to play with some of the best players that the game has ever seen, and will be forever grateful for sharing an unbelievable journey with them. Thank you for all the memories, but more importantly for the friendships."

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice also paid tribute to Sheehan.

"On behalf of the management and players I would like to congratulate Bryan on his retirement," Fitzmaurice said.

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"He has been an outstanding servant for Kerry stretching back to 2004, winning five All Irelands on the way. He has also had remarkable success at club level.  His kicking ability has always been his biggest strength. His dead ball kicking is second to none and he is the ultimate stylist. I wish him all the best for the future, both on and off the field."

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