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Bergin announces retirement from the Tribesmen

Galway manager Alan Mulholland will have to plan without one of his longest serving players for the 2013 season.

Galway's Joe Bergin
Galway's Joe Bergin
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

JOE BERGIN HAS brought the curtain down on his senior football career with Galway after spending 13 seasons with the Tribesmen.

The 31 year-old has cited work commitments, injuries and a desire to extend his club career as the reason for his decision to bring his career to an end.

Bergin came to prominence on the Galway team that lost out in the All-Ireland final in 2000 after a replay to Kerry and won the Young Footballer of the Year award that season.

The following year Bergin was part of the Galway side that lifted the Sam Maguire after achieving success in the decider against Meath and he captained Galway to win the All-Ireland U21 title in 2002.

However despite managing to win further Connacht titles in 2003, 2005 and 2008, Bergin failed to land further national championship titles. His retirement means that Padraic Joyce is now the last remaining member of the 2001 All-Ireland winning team to be still part of the current Galway squad.

Bergin will continue to line out for his club Mountbellew-Moylough who last won the Galway senior football title in 1986 and were defeated after a replay in the 2009 final by Corofin.

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