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Galway forward Armstrong to retire
17 Dec 2014 17:05
Galway forward Sean Armstrong has called time on his inter-county career, announcing his retirement after a decade with the Tribesmen.
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The Salthill-Knocknacarra clubman burst onto the scene in 2005 when he scored a hat-trick in Galway's Under-21 All-Ireland final triumph over Down.
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Armstrong revealed that he felt he was treated harshly by Galway's outgoing management last year when he was reduced to a bit-part player and despite speaking with new manager Kevin Walsh, his insists mind is made up.
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"I have chatted with Kevin, a couple of long chats through November and the beginning of December but I don't see myself returning to the fold in January and that will be it for me then. I haven't the same love for it that I once had," he told the Irish Independent.
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"It has become extremely time-consuming. To go back into the fold, in my eyes, you need to be 100% committed to the cause and I don't want to go back even 80% or 90% feeling that if I go back in I'll get the grá back I'll get motoring.
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"It would just be unfair to everyone involved.
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"Last year was really frustrating me because I felt I was playing my best football. I thought I had matured as a footballer," he added.
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"I wouldn't be one for excuses but I felt frustrated that I had so much more to give but the management didn't see it that way. I feel I was harshly treated. I felt I had a lot more to give and I know some of the other players would think that too, particularly last year."
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Armstrong's announcement comes a week after James Kavanagh revealed he was hanging up his boots.
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