Former Roscommon captain Seánie McDermott has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Western Gaels defender made his senior debut against Leitrim in the League in April 2005 and went on to start every single Allianz Football League and Championship match the county was involved in from that moment until 2017.

McDermott played 178 times for Roscommon, including 49 Championship and 96 National Football League games (across all four divisions), was skipper in 2008 and won Connacht SFC titles in 2010 and 2017. He was a member of the Irish international rules squad in 2010.

The 34-year-old's last appearance for the Rossies was the Super 8 clash with Dublin at Croke Park last year.

"It has been a great honour to play for Roscommon over the past 17 years, from minor level through to senior, and I have been privileged to have met, and played with, some great people along the way," he said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all players and management teams, past and present, whom I have been involved with and wish them all good health and success in the future.

"I would also like to sincerely thank my club Western Gaels for all their help and support throughout my time with Roscommon, and I look forward to playing with them for many years to come.

"To the Roscommon supporters; a massive thank you for all the support over the years, through good times and bad.

"Finally, to my family. I will be forever grateful for everything you have done for me. Your support, loyalty and understanding allowed me to play for Roscommon at the highest level, and for this, I thank you sincerely."

Seamus Sweeney, Chairman of the Roscommon GAA Co Board, praised McDermott’s contribution saying:  "Seán’s retirement today brings an end to the phenomenal inter-county playing career of one of our best servants. The longevity of his career is a testimony to his preparedness and attention to detail.

"An exceptional leader on and off the field he helped many new players become settled members of the Roscommon Senior panel. Sean only ever wanted to play for Roscommon and made 178 appearances in the Primrose and Blue, a magnificent achievement. "