Sligo footballer Adrian Marren has announced his retirement after 16 years with the Connacht outfit.

Marren, a stalwart of the forward line for the Yeats County since making his debut in 2004, has opted not to return this winter.

Sligo are due to play Galway in a Connacht semi-final on 7 November in Pearse Stadium.

The veteran free-taker helped his county to a Connacht title in 2007 and was one of the longest serving players at inter-county level.

It's a blow to manager Paul Taylor as they prepare for the clash, with Marren wishing him well.

He said: "The time has come to depart the inter-country scene after 16 years of some great memories in the black and white.

"Now is the time to bow out. I have been lucky to play with some of the best and to wear the Sligo jersey, making great friends along the way.

"I will be forever grateful to my club Curry, my family, friends and team-mates who gave me great support from day one.

"I would like to wish Paul and the lads the best for the rest of the year."