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All-Ireland winner Fintan Goold retires from inter-county football

The 30-year-old has been a member of the Cork panel since 2004.

Fintan Goold Fintan Goold in action in the 2015 Munster final replay

FINTAN GOOLD IS the latest Cork All-Ireland winner to call time on his inter-county Gaelic football career.

The 30-year-old’s announcement comes two weeks after Daniel Goulding revealed he was retiring from action with the Rebel County.

The Macroom clubman was a member of Cork’s All-Ireland-winning team in 2010, and was introduced from the bench in the final against Down.

Goold, who also came on as a substitute in Cork’s All-Ireland final defeats to Kerry in 2007 and 2009, felt the time was right to end his inter-county career having decided to give it one last shot under Peadar Healy in 2016.

However, in a season blighted by injuries, Goold didn’t feature in Cork’s championship campaign, which ended in defeat to Donegal at the quarter-final stage.

“I talked to [manager] Peadar [Healy] and said I’d give it one last crack, but I was picking up a lot of small injuries, maybe I was pushing myself a bit too hard trying to get back,” Goold told the Irish Examiner.

“The first game I played was championship with my club; I didn’t really do enough really to break in over the summer.

“I forced my way back into the panel all right for the Donegal game, but walking out of Croke Park that day, I knew my time was up.”

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