Kerry's James O'Donoghue has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

O'Donoghue was named the Footballer in the Year in 2014 after helping the Kingdom to All-Ireland SFC glory but he was not part of championship panel last year, when they were beaten in the semi-final by Tyrone.

The 31-year-old told OTB Sport's 'The Football Pod': "It's all over bar the shouting. Last year, I was fighting an uphill battle. Realistically, I stepped away from the panel just before the going got very serious because I wasn’t really contributing.

"I told them at that stage that I was retiring but because Kerry were going too well, we decided not to put out a statement and throw all the good vibes out of the camp. So we just kept it under wraps. It’s a painful one, it’s definitely something that’s going to be hard, but it’s the right thing."

O'Donoghue, a two-time All Star, has been plagued by injuries in recent years. He has vowed to continue playing with his club Killarney Legion, adding: "I actually did give a go at getting into very good nick for it, just to see if I could give it one last go, but do you know what, my body wasn't up to it.

"I’ll go back to the club now, tailor my programme and I guarantee you that I might not see another injury, just the slight drop in intensity might suit me. If I was right I could have picked up the phone and we’d have had a chat, but it just didn’t feel right."

Kerry manager Jack O'Connor described O'Donoghue as one of the county's "most gifted forwards" ever.

"In my previous term as Kerry manager, I was delighted to be the one who gave James O'Donoghue his debut," he said.

"James was one of the most gifted forwards to ever wear the green and gold. He was virtually unmarkable in 2014 when he won player of the year.

"He was a nightmare to mark with his pace, class and his ability to kick scores off either foot. James will be fondly remembered by the Kerry football followers and he has left us all with great memories to cherish."