Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tyrone's Pascal McConnell retires from inter-county football

Tyrone's Pascal McConnell
Tyrone's Pascal McConnell

Double All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Pascal McConnell has decided to call time on his inter-county with the Red Hand county.

The Newtownstewart clubman retires with three All-Ireland titles and four Ulster crowns to his name as well as an All-Ireland minor winning medal from 1998 and back-to-back under-21 All-Irelands in 2000 and 2001.

He admitted that he has been considering the move for a while.

"It was in my mind that 2013 was going to be my last season at this level," said the Newtownstewart man.

"I had mentioned it to John Devine that this was my last year. I intended to enjoy it to the full and I did."

"There is a big commitment required in order to stay performing at the top level and I feel the time is right to bow out and start a new chapter in my life."

McConnell said that he retires from the game with absolutely no regrets having been involved in the golden age of Tyrone football.

 "If someone had told me back at the beginning of 1998 that I would go on and win all that with Tyrone I would never have believed them," he admitted.

"Those successes at youth level though were vital as there was no fear within that group of players when they got to senior level. When we got to Croke Park for the big games we expected to win and that was a major factor in us winning so many titles.

"I have absolutely no regrets from my playing career with Tyrone although I suppose if I was a bit greedy I would say that I felt that we could have won the All Ireland in 2009 and 2010."

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