GAA legend Canty received flood of tributes

GAA legend Canty received flood of tributes

The high esteem in which Cork senior football captain Graham Canty is held can been seen by the glowing tributes that have been paid to him since today's announcement of his inter-county retirement.

It was revealed in the Irish Examiner that Canty has decided to end his playing days with Cork, although the 33-year-old will continue to line out for his beloved club Bantry Blues.

Canty is the third member of Cork's half-back line from their 2010 All-Ireland final win over Down to retire in little over two weeks - Noel O'Leary's retirement was confirmed on October 17 and Paudie Kissane bid farewell earlier this week.

Former team-mates and opponents of Canty's have passed on their best wishes to the retiring defender, with one predicting that he has it in him to manage the Cork footballers in the future.

Armagh's Aaron Kernan, who was involved on International Rules teams with Canty, tweeted: "I was lucky to get the chance to play with and learn from Graham Canty. He was a super player, leader and person. Future Cork manager no doubt."

His Cork colleagues waxed lyrical about Canty's influence in the dressing room and on the pitch, with Rebels forward Paul Kerrigan tweeting: "Best wishes to one of, if not the best Cork footballer of all time! The most inspirational, dedicated and professional player I ever met!

"A genuine and caring person off the pitch, he'll be hugely missed! Thanks fore everything Graham!"

Fintan Goold commented: "The benchmark in Cork for so long, an outstanding footballer, fantastic captain and the most genuine guy you could ever meet."

Another of the Cork contingent, Paddy Kelly, took to Twitter to say: "Canty: ferocious on the pitch, inspirational on and off it. Set standards, led by example. Incredibly passionate about Cork football."

Eoin Cadogan, an All-Ireland winner with the footballers in 2010 and a former dual player, tweeted: "Best wishes to Graham. Always set the highest of standards and was an example to any player of how to prepare and deliver on the big day."

[social=twitter][/twitter]Some of the country's best forwards of the modern era also joined in the tributes to the retiring Cork captain, praising his abilities as a top class footballer and a great friend and colleague away from the game."What an honour it was to play with and against Graham Canty for so many years. A great player and a complete gentleman on and off the pitch," said Down ace Benny Coulter.

Speaking about Canty, Derry's Paddy Bradley tweeted: "What a player and what a gentleman Canty was. One of the most genuine men I have met to date within GAA circles. Best wishes in retirement."

Armagh legend Steven McDonnell took to Twitter to say: "It was always a pleasure to play alongside Graham Canty for Ireland (in the International Rules series). An inspiring figure who will be badly missed in the Rebel county."

"Congrats Graham Canty on a superb career with Cork. A man you wanted in the trenches with you," tweeted Galway great Padraic Joyce.

"I had pleasure of rooming with him in Australia a few times (for the International Rules). Great character and serious craic when the time was right for it!"

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