Donegal’s record appearance holder Colm McFadden has brought to an end to his 14-year inter-county career following the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.
The St. Michael’s clubman was introduced off the substitutes bench in injury time but could not prevent his side from falling to a five-point defeat to the reigning champions.
It marked his 64th Championship appearance – his 170th in all – and retires with a National League title, three Ulster titles and an All-Ireland medal from 2012, the same year he won his solitary All Star.
“That will be it after today, yeah,” McFadden told the Irish Times.
“Them young fellas...that game is changing all the time and there is plenty of fine talent coming through, good legs, good footballers so it is time for them to take up the baton now. The future is bright for Donegal football.
“Every man has his day."
McFadden made his senior bow for Donegal in 2002 against Down, along with Rory Kavanagh, who also intimated that he is likely to call it a day.
The 33-year-old retired at the end of 2014 but rejoined the panel earlier this year.
McFadden is Donegal’s all-time top scorer with a tally of 25-434 for his county.