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Blow For Leitrim As Mulligan Steps Away But Stops Short Of Retiring

Emlyn Mulligan has opted out of the Leitrim panel for the remainder of 2019 following their defeat to Roscommon in the opening round of the Connacht Senior Football Championship.

The news was reported by the Irish Sun on Wednesday with the player confirming reports to the publication on Thursday.

The Melvin Gaels club man did not start last weekend’s Connacht clash with the Rossies but was introduced from the bench after 44 minutes as Terry Hyland’s side fell to a 3-17 to 0-12 defeat.

Leitrim were the story of the league in 2019 securing promotion for the first time in 11-years after winning six out of seven games in Division 4 before going on to narrowly fall short in their league final encounter with Derry.

Mulligan made his debut for Leitrim in 2008 when he grabbed the headlines after kicking 0-10 against New York and has been Leitrim’s talisman for the better part of a decade. However, he has been resigned to the role of impact-sub in 2019.

Having suffered three cruciate knee ligament injuries over the years, Mulligan, cited this as a reason for walking away at this time of the season but stopped short of saying he was retired from inter-county football.

“As much as my mind wanted me to stay, the knees were starting to give me a lot of trouble. I was having to ice them constantly. Not starting the last day was maybe the push I needed to call it quits,” Mulligan told the Irish Sun.

“I won’t say I’m retired, but it’ll be good to go back and give the club my full commitment for a while.”

Terry Hyland’s men will have to pick themselves up now as they prepare for round one of the football qualifiers.

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