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Joe McMahon has retired from the inter county game.
Joe McMahon has retired from the inter county game.

Tyrone's Joe McMahon retires from inter-county football

By Cian O'Connell

Tyrone's Joe McMahon has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The 33 year old, who won two All Ireland SFC medals with Tyrone in 2005 and 2008 has released a statement confirming his decision.

"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 says.

"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."

McMahon, who claimed four Ulster Championship medals for the Red Hands, paid tribute to Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. "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 P.S 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."

During his Tyrone career McMahon, who made his debut in 2004, featured in 122 games, including 61 in the Championship.

"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," McMahon states.

"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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