Monday 22 October 2018

Longest-serving county footballer in the country Ryan McCluskey calls time on career

Ryan McCluskey. Photo: Sportsfile
Ryan McCluskey. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fermanagh’s Ryan McCluskey, who held the distinction of being the longest-serving inter-county footballer in the country, has called time on his stint with the Erne men.

Enniskillen Gaels man McCluskey (37) (below) first joined a Fermanagh squad in 2000 and played in a pair of Ulster finals as well as an All-Ireland semi-final before calling time on his career yesterday in a statement issued through social media.

“So after 19 years wearing the green and white, it’s time to call it a day,” it read.

“To the numerous managers, back-room teams and team-mates it’s been one hell of a pleasure.

“To all the fans of the green and white, keep believing. We will get there. Thanks for your faithful support.

“Finally, to my family, friends and especially my mum, you have supported me through the good and bad times, I am forever grateful. I love you all. It’s been emotional.”

McCluskey made his championship debut in 2001, just weeks before Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton.

Subscribe to The Throw-In, Independent.ie's weekly GAA podcast in association with Allianz, for the best in GAA discussion and analysis every week, with some of the biggest names in football and hurling from Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó'Sé and John Mullane.

Subscribe and listen to The Throw-In podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud.

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport