Tyrone stars McGuigan and Jordan announce retirement

McGuigan and Jordan combine to halt the run of Armagh's Ciaran McKeever in this year's All-Ireland qualifier clash
McGuigan and Jordan combine to halt the run of Armagh's Ciaran McKeever in this year's All-Ireland qualifier clash

Tyrone pair Brian McGuigan and Philip Jordan have retired from inter-county football after glittering careers with the Red Hands.

The 31-year-old former All Stars were key players in the Tyrone sides which won three All-Ireland titles.

"We will miss their energy and class on the field - they have contributed so much to Tyrone's most successful decade," said county boss Mickey Harte.

Former Red Hands captain Brian Dooher retired in September.

"I have found both players to be great gentlemen as well as magnificent sportsmen," added Harte, who was in charge of the All-Ireland winning teams in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Ardboe clubman McGuigan, who was Tyrone's playmaker in attack, won an All Star in 2005 but his career was plagued by injury after a double leg break a year later.

He fought his way back to fitness and played his final game in this year's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by eventual champions Dublin.

The versatile Jordan was a consistent performer for Tyrone and the Moy man won All Stars in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010.

"Brian in particular has gone through some very tough days to get back into a Tyrone jersey and it was fitting that his last game was in Croke Park," said Tyrone PRO Damian Harvey.

"They will both be very difficult men to replace but we must look forward now and find the players to do just that."

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