After 16 seasons, Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
The 34-year-old took to Twitter soon after the Red Hand’s All Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Dublin in Croke Park to confirm the news, reflecting on his “incredible journey” and thanking the GAA for all they have done for him.
My incredible journey ends. Blessed to have shared the highs & lows of our game with some amazing Gaels. Thanks for everything @officialgaa
— Sean Cavanagh (@SeanCavanagh14) August 27, 2017
Cavanagh had been expected to call it a day after the defeat, and his body language after the final whistle suggested that this was the end for him, and now he has confirmed himself that this was his last appearance in a Tyrone shirt.
It didn’t take long before the tributes to the vastly-decorated Moy Tir na nOg man to start rolling in as all and sundry paid tribute to him.
Sean Cavanagh bows out. What a player & what a career. ???
— Steven McDonnell (@StevenMcD13) August 27, 2017
Legend lad, hell of a career ⚪️? #specialdays
— Philip Jordan (@PhilipJordan7) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh went out more Totti than Terry, great f*ckin footballer. A lad who’s step we all had a go off mimicking, and failed abysmally!
— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh’s titles
Ulster Minor ??
All-Ireland Minor ?
Ulster U21 ??
McKenna Cup ???????
Ulster Snr ??????
All-Ireland Snr ???
— Darran Marshall (@DarranMarshall) August 27, 2017
Although Cavanagh’s final match didn’t provide the result that his career deserved, he leaves the inter-county scene with a medal and trophy collection that is the envy of many. In addition to three All-Ireland and six Ulster titles, he also has five GPA All Stars’ to his name and was named the BBC Northern Ireland Sports Personality of the Year in 2008.