Gormley quits Tyrone as Canavan comes in as U21 coach

Conor Gormley was brought into the Tyrone in 2001
Conor Gormley was brought into the Tyrone in 2001

Tyrone defender Conor Gormley has retired from inter-county football while Red Hands legend Peter Canavan has joined the U21s backroom team.

Carrickmore clubman Gormley won three All-Ireland titles and the 34-year-old also picked up three All Stars in a county career which started in 2001.

Canavan resigned as Fermanagh manager last year before taking charge of club side Cavan Gaels.

He will work as a coach under Tyrone U21s manager Fergal Logan.

Canavan captained the Red Hands to their first All-Ireland triumph in 2003 and won six All Stars in an illustrious career.

The Errigal Ciaran clubman, who won a second All-Ireland title in 2005, replaced John O'Neill as Erne boss in 2011.

Gormley played alongside Canavan in the 2003 and 2005 All-Ireland finals and also featured in Tyrone's third Sam Maguire success in 2008.

He will best be remembered for his diving block to deny Armagh forward Steven McDonnell a goal chance in the 2003 decider.

Gormley, who struggled with injuries including a broken leg in 2006, also won four Ulster titles under Mickey Harte.