Mayo's Tom Parsons has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Charlestown Sarsfields clubman made his Green and Red debut in 2008 and went on to win three Connacht titles and an Allianz League Division 1 medal. He was twice nominated for an All Star. 

In 2011 he was left out of the squad and spent two years working in Cardiff.

The summer of 2018 saw Parsons suffer a catastrophic knee injury against Galway in the Connacht championship.

The midfielder later revealed to RTÉ Sport that his knee reconstruction involved grafting ligaments from other parts of his body, as well as those of a deceased donor.

"I now have numerous body parts of mine in my knee, including my hamstring, my quad, and actually a cadaver's ligaments – somebody's Achilles ligament in my knee."

At Under-21 level, Parsons was on the side that landed a hat-trick of provincial titles in the 2000s. He represented Ireland in the International Rules series in 2008.

For his club, he won both Mayo senior and intermediate county titles, along with a Connacht club title in 2012. 

In a statement released through Mayo GAA, the 33-year-old thanked those who helped him fulfil his ambition to play county football.

"It has been a journey that has filled my life with joy, passion, some heartache, resilience and meaning," he said.

"Today, it's time to say goodbye and announce my retirement from Mayo football.

"Since 2008, it has been a privilege to play for Mayo and our amazing Gaelic games.

"To team-mates past and present, it has been an honour to battle alongside you, your never-give-in attitude for our county and the game is infectious. All is can say is, respect. 

"To the GAA community, county boards, coaches, management and backroom teams, thank you for every ounce of support and encouragement along the way, you gave so much for the development of others, that's what life is all about.

"I'll be forever grateful to my club Charlestown Sarsfields, who inspired and helped me grow as a player from grassroots to the current day and to the GPA for their continued support on and off the pitch."

Parsons also thanked his immediate family for their support and "the resilient people of Mayo", adding that it "has been an absolute honour" to represent the county.

His announcement to end his inter-county tenure comes in the wake of long-serving goalkeeper David Clarke and Donal Vaughan calling time on their involvement with the Connacht side.