Steven McDonnell could quit Armagh football duty

Steven McDonnell
Steven McDonnell is also bothered by an Achilles injury at the moment

Armagh's Steven McDonnell has acknowledged that he may have played his final game for the county.

McDonnell will miss the opening stages of the Allianz Football League because of family commitments and could opt to quit the county scene altogether.

The Armagh player's wife is due to give birth to the couple's fourth child in March and McDonnell, 33, is also currently nursing an Achilles injury.

McDonnell has held talks with county manager Paddy O'Rourke.

"I'm still undecided," McDonnell told the Irish News.

"Looking forward to next year, Armagh and Tyrone (in the Ulster Championship) is very appealing.

"(But) One thing I can guarantee is that I won't be playing for Armagh for the first half of the National League.

"To be fair to Paddy (O'Rourke) and Paul (Grimley), they said they would work with me.

"There are a lot of things to consider. I don't know how my body will be next year."