Donegal 2012 All-Ireland winner Paddy McGrath has retired from inter-county football following a 12-year career.
The 32-year-old Ardara defender confirmed to the Donegal News that he would not be returning to Declan Bonner's squad for the 2022 season.
McGrath won one All-Ireland, five Ulster titles and two Division Two medals in his time representing the Tir Chonaill County. He was also an All-Star nominee in 2012 following a string of top performances as Donegal lifted Sam Maguire for only the second time in their history.
McGrath’s final two seasons were disrupted by a string of injuries, most notably when he suffered a torn cruciate in the 2019 Super 8s defeat to Mayo.
"To have played for Donegal just once, I never would have imagined that as a wee fella growing up," McGrath told the Donegal News.
"But to have had 12 years and some medals to go along with it, it’s been amazing.
"The friends made and just the honour of wearing my county’s colours, it’s the stuff of dreams."
Paddy finally bows out from County football after a fantastic career. Donegal's loss is Ardara's gain and we look forward to seeing him for many more years in our own green and gold jersey inspiring the next generation of Ardara footballers. What a career @mcgrath_2..! pic.twitter.com/vZIOx0Qi34— CLG Ard an Rátha/Ardara GAA (@ArdaraGAA) December 6, 2021