Alan Dillon's presence will be sorely missed around the Mayo senior football camp, according to Aidan O'Shea.
Two-time All-Star Dillon (35) yesterday announced his inter-county retirement after 15 years in the green and red jersey.
"A class footballer, one of the best I've played with," O'Shea remarked to The Irish Times.
"I went from looking up to him, to playing with him, and now a very good friend, and work with him. But he's had a massive career for Mayo, and been one of the best to don the jersey in a long time."
The Breaffy clubman added: "He's eight Connacht medals, two All Stars, and Alan had the opportunity to compete at the highest level, some players don't get. Players all over the country have missed out.
"In fairness to Alan, he pushed his body as far as it can go to get over the line. Last year, he broke his foot in a drawn game, kicking an important score. Then came on in the replay. He's that kind of guy, a great fella around the group."