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Kildare legend Johnny Doyle hangs up his boots

Updated: Monday, 07 Apr 2014 12:10 | Comments

Johnny Doyle won an All Star in 2010
Johnny Doyle won an All Star in 2010

Johnny Doyle has retired from inter-county duty with Kildare after 15 years of service.

The Allenwood clubman had recently returned to action for the county in the Allianz Football League and looked set to play in this year's Championship but has now decided to call it a day for family reasons.

"I wish to announce my retirement from county football today. I make this decision very reluctantly but do so based on my family commitments," said the 37-year-old in a statement on the Gaelic Players Association website last night.

"It has been a great privilege for me to have worn the Kildare jersey for the past 15 years and a wonderful honour to have soldiered with and against so many great players. 

"This commitment has shaped me as a person and Kildare football has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember.

"However, I am confident that now is the right time to close this chapter and move on to an exciting period in my life. 

"I would like to wish Jason Ryan, his management team and the current Kildare squad the very best of luck for the championship season 2014 and indeed on into the future."

Doyle won a Leinster championship under Mick O'Dwyer in his first year with the county in 2000 and was named an All Star in 2010, when he was the lynchpin of the Kieran McGeeney-managed Kildare side that reached an All-Ireland semi-final.

Jason Ryan's Kildare, who have been relegated from Division 1 of the league, will face a tough task to replace such an accomplished attacker and free-taker ahead of their 8 June championship opener against Westmeath or Louth in Croke Park.

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