Kernan happy with retirement decision

November 29, 2023

Crossmaglen's Aaron Kernan. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Aaron Kernan has no regrets about hanging up his boots.

The 39-year-old announced his retirement from the game in the aftermath of Crossmaglen’s Ulster Club SFC quarter-final exit at the hands of Trillick earlier this month. The classy wing back bows out with a remarkable 18 Armagh SFC medals – one shy of Paul Hearty’s record – to his name as well as three All-Ireland club medals won in 2007, 2011 and 2012

Part of a famous GAA family, Kernan also won four Ulster SFC medals with Armagh before retiring from the inter-county scene in 2014. He was also named Young Footballer of the Year in 2005.

"To be honest, I sort of felt myself all year that this would be it," he said in an interview with RTÉ.

"You know yourself whenever time's up. Physically I feel good. That wasn't really an issue. It's just, what I would expect of myself in terms of how I would prepare, I know deep down in my heart of hearts that I don't have it in myself to go again at coming on 40 years of age.

"I'm just very grateful for everything I've won and achieved.”

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