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McMahon calls time on county career

Thursday, 18 May 2017

McMahon calls time on county career thumbnailJoe McMahon has called time on his Tyrone career.

INJURIES have ultimately spelled the end of Joe McMahon's inter-county career.

McMahon has not played for Tyrone since the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry, when he suffered a groin injury, and after almost two years out of action the Omagh man has ruled out a return to the inter-county scene in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“The combination of injuries over the last two years and the struggle to respond to treatment to gain the fitness required at this level has compelled me to call time on my inter-county career.

“I have pushed myself to the limits working closely with the Tyrone medical team but I have to accept the reality that it is my body which is saying it's game over. "Hopefully though, I will still be able to play with my club, Omagh St Enda's."

The versatile McMahon can look back on a glittering career in the Tyrone jersey. After making his debut in 2004, McMahon became the first Omagh St Enda's player to win an All-Ireland medal in 2005. He then played a key role in the 2008 triumph, with Mickey Harte deploying him in both defense and attack to great effect throughout the season as Tyrone won their third Sam Maguire cup.

Reflecting on his county career in the Tyrone jersey, McMahon paid tribute to Harte, as well as his family and team-mates.

“I was very fortunate to have played with and against some of the greatest players to have graced the game and under one the GAA's greatest managers, Mickey Harte.

“I am so indebted to those who helped me along the way - my wife Geraldine and I must mention my children Aoibhe, Anna and Joseph, my parents, family, friends and my club Omagh St Enda's, my former schools Omagh CBS and St Conor's PS, and St Mary's College Belfast.

“I acknowledge the support of the Tyrone backroom teams and the friendship of Mickey Moynagh over the years. The GPA has also been a great help in time of need.

“I can reflect now on the elements that make Tyrone such a passionate county for its football - the county board, Club Tyrone and the loyal supporters with their families. I thank all of them for the generosity of their time and resources and for the brilliant memories shared.

“I wish all my colleagues in the 2017 squad every success for the championship ahead. I say to them, enjoy all your days with Tyrone. There is no greater honour than pulling on the jersey."

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