Colm McFadden will not feature in a Donegal jersey again after he confirmed that Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin was his last game for the county.
The 2012 All Star announced his retirement in the aftermath of the 1-15 to 1-10 defeat at Croke Park.
“That is it after today. I have been at it for 14 years now,” the top scoring corner forward told the assembled media, under the Hogan Stand.
“The game is changing all the time,” he said.
“There is plenty of fine talent coming through, good legs and good footballers. The team is in a good spot.
“Every man has his day. You would love to play on forever but you have to move on at some stage.”
The St Michael’s man was a late replacement on Saturday night when he came on for Karl Lacey in injury time.
“We had a number of great years, especially in the last five or six years,” he said.
“We had barren years. For the first eight or nine years it wasn’t good, but we enjoyed good success in recent years.
“When the success came it was all the sweeter. A lot of Donegal footballers have gone through their careers and did not win Ulster titles.
“Only one other team won an All-Ireland. It would have been nice to play on but I have to be thankful for the successful years near the end.”
He is the first of the squad to announce his retirement but there are expected to be a number of others.
Rory Kavanagh who retired at the end of 2014 but returned this season, also hinted that he may also call it a day.
Speaking to Newstalk on Saturday night, the St Eunan’s player said that he was going to speak to others but that it was likely he would be retiring.
Donegal manager, Rory Gallagher, speaking ahead of Colm McFadden announcement, said it was likely there would be retirents.
“There is no denying we have a lot of players with a lot of miles on the clock,” the manager said.
“We have a lot of lads playing a long time. We have a number of lads that won a National League in 2007 which is a long time ago.
“It was not spoken about but it is inevitable that a few lads will call it a day.”