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Parsons the latest Mayo player to retire from inter-county football

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

12:38 5 Jan 2021

Tom Parsons has confirmed his retirement from inter-county football with Mayo after 12 years.

The midfielder made his senior debut for Mayo in 2008 against Derry in the National League before going on to play his first Championship game later that summer against Sligo.

The Charlestown Sarsfields clubman played a total of 84 games in the green and red with his 36th and final championship game against Tipperary in December.

Parsons won three Connacht titles, one National football league and was nominated for two All-Stars.

He was also successful at under-21 level with Connacht titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

In a statement released via Mayo GAA, Parsons said:

"Today, it's time to say good-bye and announce my retirement from Mayo football. Since 2008, it has been a privilege to play for Mayo and our amazing Gaelic games.

"It has been a journey that has filled my life with joy, passion, some-heartache, resilience and meaning. An experience that I'll cherish forever.

"To teammates past & present, it's been an honour to battle alongside you, your never give-in attitude for our county and the game is infectious all I can say is Respect.

"To the GAA community, county boards, coaches, management and backroom teams, thank you for every ounce of support and encouragement along the way, you give so much for the development of others, that is what life is all about.

"I'll be forever grateful to my club Charlestown Sarsfields, who inspired and helped me grow as a player from grassroots to the current day and to the GPA for their continued support on and off the pitch.

"Thanks to my amazing company Jacobs for the support and flexibility to help me play the game I love.

"To Mum, Dad and family you left no stone unturned to support me on the journey, thank you so much for the constant voice of encouragement in football and in life.

"Finally, to my wife Carol, for all the support, guidance and care in the best and toughest of times, thank you for sharing in my dream to play for Mayo. Our beautiful boy and I are blessed to have you in our lives.

"To the resilient people of Mayo, I can still hear your voices ringing in my ears from the stands of McHale Park to Croker, you are what make our games special. It's been an absolute honour to represent you.

Parsons follows in the footsteps of his team-mates Donal Vaughan and David Clarke, who both announced their retirement from inter-county football in recent days.

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