Tyrone's Joe McMahon announces inter-county retirement

McMahon won two All-Ireland in his career

BY Daniel Kelly 14:20 Monday 15 May 2017, 14:20 15 May 2017

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Two-time All-Ireland winner Joe McMahon has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Omagh St. Enda's star has struggled to reach full fitness in recent years and has finally admitted defeat in his bid to return to Mickey Harte's squad.

McMahon made his Tryone debut in 2004 and was part of the side that won the All-Ireland in 2005 and 2008. He also won four Ulster titles.

"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.", McMahon said in a statement.

"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."

"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 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."

McMahon played 122 times for Tyrone, with 61 of them coming in the Championship.

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