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Published: 12:21 | 7/8/16

Donegal forward McFadden retires


Donegal forward Colm McFadden has retired from inter-county football following the Tir Chonaill's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.

The 33-year-old, who came on as a late substitute in the 1-15 to 1-10 defeat to title favourites Dublin at Croke Park, told the Irish Times after the match that he was calling time on his Donegal record 170-game inter-county career .

"That will be it after today," the St Michael's clubman said.

"I don't know was it 14 or 15 years? The game is changing all the time, and there is plenty of fine talent coming through, so it is time for them to take up the baton.

"The future is bright for Donegal football."

McFadden, who is Donegal’s all-time top scorer with 25 goals and 434 points, won an All-Ireland title and an All Star in 2012.

Donegal team-mate Rory Kavanagh, who is 34 next week, is set to retire for a second time after being tempted to return this season following his initial retirement at the end of the 2014 campaign.

"Listen, it could be. I'm not gonna speak for other boys but listen it probably will be for a lot of boys," the Naomh Adhamhnain clubman told Newstalk 106.

"Time catches up with everybody and every man will go out with their had held high."

When asked about plans for his own retirement, Kavanagh said:

"Probably... You know a lot of the boys were thinking of pulling the plug after being beaten by Armagh in 2010 so to come back and respond and prove a lot of the critics wrong and to go on and make so many great memories, is something I'll always cherish."

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