Roscommon stalwart Sean McDermott announces retirement
Last Updated: 07/01/19 3:22pm
Former Roscommon captain Sean McDermott has announced his retirement from intercounty football.
The Western Gaels club man made his debut in the 2005 National League against Leitrim and made his first championship start against London the following month. Remarkably, after that win over the Exiles, he started every game for Roscommon in both league and championship up to and including the 2017 All-Ireland quarter-final replay defeat to Mayo.
McDermott owes nothing to the Connacht county, after playing 178 times.
"It has been a great honour to play for Roscommon over the past 17 years, from minor level through to senior, and I have been privileged to have met, and played with, some great people along the way," he said in his retirement statement. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and management teams, past and present, whom I have been involved with and wish them all good health and success in the future.
"It was a huge honour to play for Roscommon for so long and I have nothing but great memories," he added. "I am now looking forward to becoming a great supporter in the years ahead."
The Rossies are preparing for the 2019 season under new manager Anthony Cunningham ahead of their FBD League semi-final against Sligo next weekend, before the National League opener away to Mayo later this month.