Christy Toye among trio to retire from Donegal duty

He is the latest departure from the senior inter-county ranks

Christy Toye, Donegal,

Christy Toye of Donegal after the match ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Christy Toye has announced his decision to retire from the Donegal senior football panel.

The 33-year old forward made his Championship debut in 2002, and was introduced as a substitute when they lifted the Sam Maguire in 2012.

Toye also has three Ulster titles and a National League to his name.

His Donegal team-mates Rory Kavanagh and David Walsh are also retiring from inter-county duty.

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher told Donegal Sports Hub that "they’re big losses in experience" and praised their "outrageous" commitment to the cause.

It is a further blow to Gallagher who has already seen Odhran MacNiallais and Leo McLoone rule themselves out of the 2017 panel. 

MacNiallais cited personal reasons for his decision to take a year out when he announced his decision on Friday.

Left half back Anthony Thompson (30) has also stepped away from the squad, but may rejoin at a later date according to Donegal Now.