Mark Lynch retires from inter-county football
Derry footballer Mark Lynch has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Lynch, who won an All Ireland minor medal with Derry in 2002, has been involved at senior level since 2004.
As someone who grew up wanting to represent my club and county, I feel privileged that I got the chance to do both," Lynch says.
But there is a time for everything and with current family and work commitments, now feels like the right time for me to retire from county football and devote those extra energies to other areas of my life.
I thank my family, club, all the players, coaches, managers, and support teams who have made my county career possible.
Playing for Derry was something I always enjoyed and it breaks my heart to think I wont do it again. For me there was always a real buzz wearing the red and white and representing my county, my club and my community."
Lynch is adamant that Derry can make strides under current manager Damian McErlain.
There are a lot of talented young footballers with bright futures coming through in Derry," Lynch states. "I remember myself the step up from minor to senior level and how it forced me to really work and develop all areas of my game.
"We need to give this latest crop the same space, opportunity and encouragement. I wish Damian McErlain and all the squad every success for the season ahead. I look forward to going with my family to support the lads because thats what people did for me."
McErlain praised Lynch's rich contribution to the Derry game. Mark Lynch is a class act who has given unstinting service to Derry football for many years," McErlain remarked. "He was a managers dream and a role model who made a real positive impact on all the players around him.
In addition to his physical presence and skill, Mark also has a great footballing brain. Whether it was kicking long range points or those trademark surging runs, Mark Lynch was always a leader. He was someone you always wanted on the ball. Mark will be missed, but we wish him well in the next chapter of his life.