Sunday 19 November 2017

Mannion calls time on 12-year Rossies career

Karol Mannion in action for Roscommon. Sportsfile
Karol Mannion in action for Roscommon. Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

KAROL MANNION has brought his 12-year association with Roscommon football to an end ahead of the start of the Allianz Football League.

Mannion, who made his debut in 2002, has announced his retirement from inter-county football. He has been one of their most influential players over the last decade.

The St Brigid's man was the county's regular midfielder and featured on the 2010 Connacht- winning championship team that defeated Sligo in the final.

He won an All-Ireland junior medal in 2000 as a full-forward, a success that paved the way for him to step up to senior level.

He played over 100 times for Roscommon in the FBD, league and championship and, for a midfielder, he was a quite a prolific goalscorer.

Mannion will continue to play with St Brigid's, the reigning All-Ireland club champions, who were beaten in the 2013 Connacht final by Castlebar.

Meanwhile, Sean Collins is likely to start for Clare in their Division 4 match away to Waterford.

But brother Podge is carrying an Achilles injury and will be confined to the bench for what is their first competitive game since they declared an interest in becoming dual players.

Their father Colm has taken over as manager and was keen to have some of Cratloe's dual players involved after their terrific effort in the Munster club football final against Dr Crokes.

Sean was a substitute for Clare during last year's All-Ireland hurling triumph.

Irish Independent

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