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Dublin All-Ireland Winner Cian O'Sullivan Forced Into Retirement

Dublin All-Ireland Winner Cian O'Sullivan Forced Into Retirement

Cian O'Sullivan has been forced to call time on his Gaelic football career due to injury problems.

The Kilmacud Crokes defender won eight All-Ireland titles with Dublin, and was a three-time All-Star. He also won an All-Ireland Club Football Championship title in 2009.

Cian O'Sullivan retirement statement

"Regrettably, and despite best efforts to address a number of recurring injuries, it's time to draw a close on my footballing days," O'Sullivan said in a statement.

"The competitive demands have taken their toll and while my heart would love dearly to continue on, my body simply can't.

"I am honoured and privileged to have represented my club and county and to have enjoyed success beyond my wildest boyhood dreams. I'm especially proud to have been part of such a special Dublin team that's been like a second family to me in these years. This will be a void that will be difficult to fill.

"There are too many people to thank and I hope to thank you all personally in time."

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The 33-year-old was part of the Dublin panel for 2020 but his game time was limited by injury.

O'Sullivan's retirement adds decisions by Michael Darragh MacAuley and Paddy Andrews to hang up their inter-county boots. Paul Mannion also stepped away in January. Though, he did not rule out returning to the Dublin panel at some point in the future.

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