O'Rourke hails McDonnell

by Oli Skehan , 14 April 2012

Paddy O'Rourke has paid tribute to Steven McDonnell following the Killeavy clubman's decision to call it a day "after 13 years of playing county football with Armagh" on Thursday night via Twitter.

An All Star on three occasions, McDonnell, who also won seven Ulster titles and a National League title with the Orchard County, was one of the pivotal members of Armagh's groundbreaking All-Ireland winning side nearly 10 years ago.

"He has been a superb player. He has been very good for me in my time at Armagh," the current Armagh boss told Friday's Irish News.

"I respected his decision to go, if he feels it is time for him to retire.

"I feel he could probably have stayed on for another couple of years but, if he feels he wants to retire, then that is the right thing for him to do.

"He was a very talented and committed footballer. He was very committed to Armagh football. He produced it on the big days and on the big occasions; he would never let you down.

"He had a great mental capacity to deal with the pressure on the important days.

"Stevie was a special player but it is time for other fellas to step in and take that mantle. I fully believe there are players in the squad who are capable of doing that."

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