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All-Ireland winner Paul Flynn has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Flynn made his Championship debut for Dublin against Westmeath in the 2008 Leinster semi-final and went on to win the Sam Maguire in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
As well as his All-Ireland success, he won ten Leinster senior football titles and four National Football League titles, while he was on the All-Star team from 2011 to 2014.
The 32-year-old underwent back surgery in 2018 which forced him to miss the majority of the season and having struggled to return to full fitness he has confirmed his retirement from inter-county football.
"After 12 proud years wearing the Dublin jersey I have made the difficult decision to step away from the Dublin football panel. It’s an enormous privilege to play for your county and I feel incredibly lucky and proud that I got to play for Dublin for as long as I have. Dublin football has played a huge part in my life and I will be forever grateful for all that it has given me," Flynn said in a statement.
"I was honoured to train and play alongside exceptional teammates week in week out, to have enjoyed the support of extraordinary managers over the years and to have had the support of dedicated, world class backroom teams. I’m grateful for all that they’ve taught me over the years and for the lifelong friendships that I made along the way.
"My football career started and ended with the support of my club, my family and my friends and to them I am eternally grateful.
"Since my back surgery last year I’ve struggled to reach the fitness required for inter county and to reach the standards that I set for myself. While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.
"I’ve loved every minute of my journey with Dublin football and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever. I move on now with gratitude to the next chapter of my life."
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