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MIDFIELDER NEIL GALLAGHER has become the latest Donegal All-Ireland winner to announce his retirement from inter-county football.

Injury problems have hampered the Glenswilly man in recent seasons and today manager Rory Gallagher has confirmed that he has stepped away with a back complaint.

Rory Gallagher has today confirmed that due to injury Neil Gallagher has retired from Inter County Football. Thank you Neil for all you did

— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) February 20, 2017

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Gallagher brings his inter-county career to an end after making his debut back in 2003 in a Dr McKenna Cup game.

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The highlight of his career came in 2012 when he was a key member of the Donegal team that claimed All-Ireland success with a win over Mayo.

Gallagher was an All-Star winning midfielder in 2012 and 2014 while he claimed three Ulster senior football medals in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

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The retirement of Gallagher is the latest departure from the Donegal ranks. It emerged last month that Rory Kavanagh, Christy Toye and David Walsh had all retired while Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee both announced their retirements in the wake of last August’s All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Dublin.

Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and Anthony Thompson are also unavailable for Donegal boss Rory Gallagher this season.

There are now only seven players left from the starting side in Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland final win over Mayo – Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath, Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh, Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy.

Sad times. Big Neil is now the last of the tracksuit ravers.

— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) January 10, 2017

Source: Eamon Mc Gee/Twitter

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