KYLE Coney has announced his retirement from intercounty football via a GPA statement issued this evening.
The classy Ardboe forward had a fairly stop-start intercounty career after coming to national prominence as a gifted minor footballer.
He spearheaded Tyrone’s All-Ireland Minor Championship triumph in 2008, winning the man of the man award for a starring performance in the final replay against Mayo.
He was scouted by Sydney Swans and spent a brief period in Australia, but Coney returned to Ireland and was drafted into the Tyrone senior panel.
He endured a torrid time with injury in the early part of his career, but recovered and showed his undoubted class with an incredible performance against Cork in the National League in 2014, scoring nine points.
He departed the panel under a cloud in 2015, but decided to return to the fold in late 2018 after some excellent club performances.
Coney made regular cameos as a sub in 2019, and while his intercounty career has officially come to a close, he’ll now fully commit to winning an elusive senior championship medal with Ardboe.