'A player like him doesn't come around too often'

May 19, 2017

Joe McMahon in action for Tyrone against Wexford in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

Mickey Harte has paid a glowing tribute to Joe McMahon who announced his inter-county retirement on Monday.

Injury forced the versatile 2005 and '08 All-Ireland winner to call time on his glittering Tyrone career, and speaking to the Irish News at last night's press night ahead of Sunday week's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Derry, the Red Hand boss said: "He's been bothered with injury for two years now and was still very much part of what we're about. He's a fantastic player, so versatile.

"A player like him doesn't come around too often, who can adapt to so many positions at his leisure.

"He could turn either way, either foot, he could pass the ball, he could field the ball, he could shoot, he could defend, he could adjust in a hurry to a different position.

"He was a very laid-back gentleman and very witty. He would come through with something in the WhatsApp group that would make you laugh. We'll miss that for sure. He tried very hard to get over the injuries, but it wasn't working for him."

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