Karl Lacey announces his retirement from inter-county football

first_imgOne of Donegal’s greatest ever players has announced his retirement.Four-time All-Star and former GAA Player of the Year, Karl Lacey has become the latest of the 2012 All-Ireland winners to step away from inter-county football.In a statement issued in the last hour, the Four Masters man thanked all those who had helped him enjoy his career in GAA. The following is the statement in full.“Having allowed some dust to settle on our season, I now feel ready toannounce my retirement from the Donegal senior football team.“I have experienced almost everything with the Donegal footballers overthese past 14 seasons and more, from desperate defeats to the crowningglory winning the Sam Maguire in 2012 and everything in between.They are games and days and friendships that will live with me forever.“I am thankful for the opportunities given to me over the course of mycareer, and grateful to the players who played alongside me and thecoaches who guided me throughout it. “With them, I was able to win League, Ulster, All-Ireland andindividual honours, and for that I very thankful. In addition to mytime with Donegal, I was honoured to be selected for my country andplay in the 2006 and 2011 International Rules series.“Now, I embark on a different phase of my life – that of a formercounty footballer.“I will continue to play with Four Masters, with whom I first kicked aball and with whom I will kick my last.“I am enjoying increased responsibility in my job at LYIT and I haveenjoyed dipping my toe into coaching in recent times, most recentlywith the Donegal development squads.“I am soon to be married to my fiancee Ciara. Our son Noah has been alight in both our lives. They have made many sacrifices so that Icould continue to pursue my inter county career and I am eternallygrateful to them for that. Statement issued by the Donegal GAACumann Lúthchleas Gael Dhún na nGall wishes to acknowledge thecontribution of Karl Lacey to our county teams over the course of 14seasons at adult level.Donegal’s most decorated footballer, Karl has been a tremendousambassador for the county throughout that time, and was rightlyhonoured with 4 All Star awards and the ultimate Footballer of theYear award in 2012.He was, of course, an integral part of the Donegal squad that broughtsuch success to the county over recent years on the provincial andnational stages. The exploits of that team, and the joy it brought toDonegal people at home and abroad will live long in the memory. As well as playing with the seniors this year, Karl also served as astrength and conditioning coach with the county under-age developmentsquads. We are delighted that he is giving the benefit of hisexperience to the next generation of Donegal footballers.We extend every good wish to Karl in his retirement.Profile of Karl LaceyKarl Lacey made his championship debut with Donegal in 2004 as asubstitute versus Antrim.In the course of the past 14 seasons, he played a record-equalling 65championship matches with Donegal. (A record he shares with ChristyToye.)In all, he has played 148 times for the Donegal senior football team.In that time, he won:1 x Donegal SFC with Four Masters in 20031 x Buncrana Cup (U16) in 20001 x NFL Division 2 in 20111 x NFL Division 1 in 20073 x Ulster Senior Football Championship in 2011, 2012, 20141 x All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 20123 x Railway Cup in 2007, 2009, 2012.2 International Rules Series 2006, 20114 x All Star awards in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 20121 x GAA Footballer of the Year, 2012Karl Lacey announces his retirement from inter-county football was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAkarl laceyretireslast_img

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