Wednesday 17 January 2018

No regrets for McConville as he announces his retirement

Oisin McConville
Oisin McConville
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The most decorated club footballer of all time has confirmed his retirement from the game.

Eight days on from Crossmaglen Rangers' defeat in the All-Ireland club semi-final, Oisin McConville called time on his career that spanned the duration of his club's incredible run of success across three different decades.

McConville (above), who quit playing with Armagh in 2008, won six All-Ireland, 10 Ulster and 16 Armagh club titles on top of the 2002 All-Ireland triumph and seven Ulster titles with Armagh, an incredible haul of 40 championship medals.

McConville's retirement at 37 years of age is not a surprise but it brings to an end the greatest club football career ever. "For my own personal reasons it is the right time – I have been picking up injuries and different things like that," he said yesterday.

"I have had an unbelievable time playing Gaelic football and I've won so much, but for me it was much more than that – it was my life for so many years.

"It would have been nice obviously to go out winning an All-Ireland but sometimes sport doesn't work out like that and life doesn't work out like that.

"I'm happy with the decision, I'm at peace with the fact I'm not going to be playing any more football. It's going to be hard, there's going to be a big void there but there are plenty of things to replace it," sai McConville, who rates the 1999 Ulster final win his greatest personal triumph as he scored 2-7.

McConville intends to go into coaching. "I have a huge interest in coaching. Management is a different kettle of fish. It's something I may mature into but for now it is not something for me."

Irish Independent

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