Lee Keegan tells Late Late Show he has no regrets over retirement call

January 21, 2023

Mayo's Kevin McLoughlin and Lee Keegan after the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final defeat to Kerry Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Lee Keegan says he has no regrets over calling time on his playing days with Mayo at the age of 33.

The 2016 Footballer of the Year announced his retirement from inter-county duty earlier this month after 12 years in the green and red of Mayo.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on last night’s Late Late Show, the father of two said that it was the correct call to make.

"I had 12 brilliant seasons [with Mayo]," said the Westport man. "I just felt it was a time in my life that I can just walk away and be happy with what I did.

"I had a brilliant career, I'm really happy with my career but I’ve got kids at home now, I have a job, a house so I just want to give time back to that and see where that brings me.

"Every person that plays GAA will say the same thing: you have to be very selfish. If you're not you’re not going to succeed at the top level. You’re committing to five, six days a week and if you really want to be ambitious and strive to get the All-Ireland [championship] you have to commit to that.

"[In the past] I didn’t have the full commitments and responsibilities that I have now in terms of kids, mortgage, job, so I just said, 'I don’t want to be relying on people all the time, people to pick up my slack that I should be doing at home and missing milestones with the kids'.

"You start blinking and they’re getting older before you know it."

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