Tyrone attacker and former captain Gemma Begley has confirmed her retirement from inter-county football.

The 33-year-old official will continue to play club football with An Charraig Mhor but steps away from the inter county scene as an all Ireland champion, after winning the intermediate title last September.

Begley confirmed her decision to manager Gerry Moane and the current squad admitting it was a tough call to make.

"I thought long and hard about stepping away but the decision is made now and I wish the girls and the management the very best of luck for the National league and return to senior championship football," she said. 

"It’s just brilliant to get back to senior football as much as anything and hopefully it will be the start of a career for a lot of those girls coming through now."

Begley steps away from the inter-county game with a Ulster senior title, two Ulster intermediate titles and two All-Ireland senior runners up medals.

Tyrone manager Gerry Moane paid tribute to her and said: "Gemma has been a great servant to Tyrone ladies football and while we will miss her and what she brings to the squad we have to respect her decision, we are delighted she signed off with an all Ireland medal, she certainly deserved it. We wish Gemma the very best of good wishes."