Mayo footballer Donal Vaughan has announced his retirement from inter-county football at 32.

Vaughan started in five All Ireland senior finals and has decided to step away after 12 years of county football, according to The Irish Examiner.

In 2016 Donie was Mayo’s man of the match in the drawn All Ireland final, kicking an injury-time point before Cillian O’Connor’s equalising score.

He infamously didn’t finish the 2017 final after he was shown a red card for raising his hand to John Small.

Over his career he won a national league medal in 2019 as well as six Connacht championship winners medals.

In his retirement statement issued to Examiner Sport, he writes: “It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the decision that the time is now right to hang up my boots.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the army of Mayo fans for all of their support over the years, especially to those who took the time to send me cards, letters and messages.

“I would like to thank all of my current and previous management teams, medical, county board officers and support teams who have helped me over the years. I would also like to thank all of the people who helped to develop me as a footballer from an early age.

“To my parents John and Tricia, my sisters Ailish, Laura and Mary, all close and extended family and friends who have followed me to every corner of the country, I will never forget your love and support.

“My wife Mairéad has been a pillar of support to me and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her. I'm looking forward to going to games in the future with her and our new-born son Eddie and cheering Mayo on.

“To my fellow teammates who I have soldiered with over the last twelve years: it has been an honour and a privilege to wear the green and red alongside you with pride. You are men of outstanding character and relentless drive.

“Finally, I would like to acknowledge how tough a year this has been for everybody. Stay strong and stay safe.

“Maigh Eo Abú - Donie.”

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