Long serving Longford goalkeeper Damien Sheridan has called time on his inter-county career.
The Dromard number one said the decision was one he had taken considerable time to weigh up following Longford’s early exit from this year’s All-Ireland championship.
Time and the ever increasing demands of inter-county football, he said, were just two of the reasons behind his impending retirement.
“It (decision) was made a long time off,” he told the Leader this week.
“I played as long as I felt I could, but I just felt with everything that went with it, this was the time to go.”
One of Longford’s virtual ever presents, the free speaking shot stopper first joined the Longford panel in 1999 during Michael McCormack’s spell in charge.
Sheridan, who will be 34 in November, has also had to overcome plenty of adversity throughout his decade and a half long association with the Longford seniors.
By the age of 16 he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, thereby throwing hopes of a flourishing inter county career into doubt.
Thanks to advances in medication and Sheridan’s steely determination to tackle the condition head on, Sheridan went on to make the county goalkeeper’s position his own.
Now looking on from the sidelines, the affable netminder and Co GAA coach admitted the county was in the midst of a transitional phase after Longford’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Tipperary.
“I wouldn’t be throwing the baby out of the bathwater just yet but there needs to be a gradual process of integrating young players,” he said.