Two former Roscommon captains have retired from inter-county football

ROSCOMMON HAVE ANNOUNCED the retirements of the county’s former senior football team captains Geoffrey Claffey and Niall Carty this evening.

A statement confirms that the pair have played their last games for the Rossies, as manager Kevin McStay looks ahead to the 2017 campaign.

Goalkeeper Claffey has indicated that he is also retiring from club football with Castlerea St Kevin’s but Carty aims to continue playing with Padraig Pearses.

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Claffey made his championship debut against Galway in 2006 and was captain of the Roscommon senior team in 2012.

Carty, meanwhile, made his championship debut against New York in 2011, before captaining the team to Division 3 Allianz League success in 2014, and Division 2 glory a year later.

Carty, who has been dogged by injury in recent times, was a member of Roscommon’s 2006 All-Ireland minor winning crop.

McStay said: “Like all Roscommon people, I wish both men well, they made significant contributions to two of the greatest days in recent Roscommon history, Niall in the All Ireland Minor Final Victory in 2006 and Geoffrey in the Connacht Final victory of 2010.”

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