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GAA | Darren Daly announces Dublin retirement

Dublin defender Darren Daly has announced his retirement from inter-county football. After 12 years, the 33-year-old can look back on a considerably successful period of achievement, with seven senior All-Ireland football medals to his name.

A Junior All-Ireland winner in 2008, along with the likes of Jonny Cooper and Denis Bastick; Daly's versatility in the full-back and half-back lines proved him to be a valuable squad member.

A regularly used substitute for his county, he also won seven Leinster titles as well as five league titles.

Citing the impact of injuries, Daly made a detailed statement in conjunction with today's announcement.

"I’ve had an incredible journey with the Dublin Senior Football Team over the last 12 years. I’ve tried to push the body one more time but unfortunately it's not to be. With a number of reoccurring injuries over the past few months, it's now the right time for me to step away.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank my family, and particularly my wife Sarah who sacrificed more than anyone to allow me to compete at this level year after year. I’m extremely grateful to have got the opportunity over the years to share some very special moments with my three kids Tadhg, Caolán and Odhrán."

"In particular I'd like to thank my teammates. I am extremely lucky to have been part of such a successful team. I'm grateful to have learned so much from being with them, made so many friends for life, and have some of the best memories imaginable."

Daly spoke also of his gratitude to the selectors, manager and physios who guided his path and pushed him when needed, as well as the fervent Dublin support, and his own club.

"Finally, I'd like to thank my club Fingal Ravens for their support and encouragement over the years."

Indeed, he was the first player from his club to have won an All-Ireland medal.

Daly leaves a legacy of being a significant contributor to Dublin's ongoing success.

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