Paul Barden retires from inter-county football

Paul Barden, seen here evading the challenge of Tyrone's Sean O'Neill, has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Paul Barden has called time on his inter-county career with Longford. Regarded as the one of the greatest Longford players of the modern generation, he informed team manager Jack Sheedy of his decision yesterday.

Paul Barden has called time on his inter-county career with Longford. Regarded as the one of the greatest Longford players of the modern generation, he informed team manager Jack Sheedy of his decision yesterday.

He did not feature in the match with Leitrim on Sunday and whilst his absence prompted speculation, it was generally hoped that he would play for one more season.

Explaining his decision, he said, “I’ve had four years to decide. I know myself that the work rate required to get myself fully fit for another campaign is simply too much for a 34 year old’s body”.

He added: “One has to call it a day sometime, and now’s the time for me”.

Had Barden gone ahead this would have been his 17th championship campaign, singling him out as one of the longest-serving footballers in the country.

He now intends to concentrate his efforts on playing with his home club, Clonguish, and will be hoping to clinch another senior championship this year.

He has won three county senior championships with the club to date.

See this week’s Longford Leader for an exclusive interview with Paul Barden.