THE rumour mill has gone into overdrive after Colm Cavanagh hinted at his retirement on his personal Twitter account yesterday.
Cavanagh tweeted a picture of him and his daughter Chloe on the Croke Park pitch after Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry with the caption ‘We had a good run Daddy.”
The 32-year-old admitted after the game that he was considering calling it a day after 13 years of intercounty service.
“I’m getting older, my second baby is due this week as well. It’ll probably be one of those things that I’ll sit down and have a think about.
“I’ll not make any rash decisions, maybe have a chat with Mickey at some stage. I don’t know. I have been toying with the idea for the last one or two years.
“There are a lot of good lads coming through. If I feel I’ve still something to give next year I might come back but at the same time there’s a lot of fresh faces coming in. I’ll be 33 next year and it’s a young man’s game.”
Cavanagh, who is the sole remaining member of the 2008 All-Ireland winning team, says that it’s only in the latter part of the career that he’s realised just how much the GAA means to Tyrone people.
Another lengthy season came to a shuddering halt against Kerry on Sunday, but there were some memorable days out during the qualifiers and Super Eights.
“You talk to any supporters and they love the journeys that Tyrone have brought them on in the last number of years and this season was no different.
“They love seeing different parts of Ireland that’s what the GAA is about – meeting different fans from all over Ireland.
“People live for this and I’ve probably only realised that in the last number of years with old and young coming to see us play.
“We have to remember that we’re in a privileged position and have brought joy to a lot of people.
“As much as winning or losing hurts, you have to remember that there’s a bigger picture. I’d my wee daughter on the pitch at the end. She doesn’t know what winning or losing means to me but the journey we’ve been on this year was unbelievable and it’s sport at the end of the day.”
Cavanagh, who won back-to-back All-Stars in 2017 and 2018, still believes that Tyrone will win the Sam Maguire for a forth time in the none-too-distant future.
“There’s a serious bunch of lads there going in the right direction We’ve made three semi-finals in a row and were in the final last year, but we maybe imploded a wee bit.
“There’s a great camaraderie and some seriously talented footballers and I genuinely believe they will do it with or without me. If it’s without me I wish them all the best.
“They’re a special group of guys and I think the All-Ireland will come back to Tyrone in the next number of years.”