Tyrone keeper Devine retires

Tyrone goalkeeper John Devine has decided to retire from inter-county football at the age of 29.

Tyrone keeper Devine retires

Tyrone goalkeeper John Devine has decided to retire from inter-county football at the age of 29.

Devine made his debut for the Red Hands in 2002 and went on to win three All-Ireland SFC titles under Mickey Harte's management in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

A statement from the Tyrone County Board confirmed that the net minder has opted to retire 'after consultation with the Tyrone senior football management', and that he intends to continue playing club football for Errigal Ciaran.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte said: “As well as being a top goalkeeper,John is a great person. He has had a tremendous presence within the squad and his influence will be missed.

"John was a vital part of all our All-Ireland successes and I wish him the best for the future as he continues his club career."

Devine started between the posts when Tyrone lifted the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time back in 2003, defeating their Ulster rivals Armagh on a 0-12 to 0-9 scoreline.

He was on the bench for their victory over Kerry two years later, and had to pull out of the team for the 2008 All-Ireland decider as his father John snr died on the eve of the game against Kerry.

Devine's Tyrone team-mates wore black armbands during the 1-15 to 0-14 win over the Kingdom at Croke Park, and captain Brian Dooher dedicated the county's third All-Ireland success to the goalkeeper, saying afterwards: "This is for you JD. You were an inspiration to us all, the way you coped over the last 24 hours. You drove us on."

Devine enjoyed duelling with Pascal O'Connell for the Tyrone number 1 jersey for many seasons. More recently, former Dungannon Swifts soccer 'keeper Niall Morgan has been the Red Hands' regular stopper in the Allianz League.

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