BALLINDERRY’S Enda Muldoon has retired from club football at the age of 40, bringing down the curtain on a 23 year senior playing career with the Shamrocks.

Muldoon lifted the John McLaughlin Cup as captain in 2008 and is the holder of eight Derry championship medals - his first coming in 1995.

With Muldoon at the heart, Ballinderry were a dominant force in Derry club football for two decades and he added two Ulster Club titles.

The pinnacle came in 2002 when Ballinderry beat Cork giants Nemo Rangers to land the All-Ireland Club title.

"After 23 years of playing senior football for @BallinderryGAC. The time has arrived for me to hang up the boots. The pleasure was all mine," read the entry on his Twitter account.

Ballinderry Shamrocks paid tribute to Muldoon’s esteemed career: “We wish to place on record our sincere thanks for the memories and the joy you brought us in playing for the club. It was a privilege to call you one of our own – a true a Shamrock,” was an extract from the club’s statement.

“Youngsters growing up in the parish never wanted to emulate the Ronaldos, Zidanes, Ronaldinhos of this world but aspired to be Enda Muldoon.”

Muldoon retired from inter-county football in 2012.  In the colours of Derry, Muldoon won Ulster championship medals at minor, U21 and senior level.  He holds two NFL medals, won an All-Ireland U21 title (1997) and an All-Star (2004).

Muldoon was deemed by many as one of the most natural footballers of his generation.  He now steps into management next season as the joint manager of Banagher.

Tributes:

“120 characters wouldn't be enough to say all the stuff needed, top player, top man and will be sadly missed by all.” – Conleith Gilligan

“Aw big Archie - what are you at! Sure you are still only a cub!! Congrats and good luck man - we have had plenty of great memories on and off the grass and I'm sure there will be plenty more.” – Kevin McGuckin

“Enda. It was our pleasure believe us. What a career. Privileged to be part of your legendary journey. 8 Derry, 2 Ulster , 1 All Ireland at Club level alone. Enjoy the next chapter.” – Stephen McGeehan

“One of the greats, all the best Enda.” – Eamon McGee

“Absolute privilege to have played with you Enda. A brilliant career and role model for so many. A joy to watch. Enjoy the next stage.” – Joe Cassidy

“I spent my career getting into position under you for the breaking ball. They never came!! A special player and a special friend. Good luck for the future @MuldoonEnda . You gave it everything for The Shamrocks.” – Ronan McGuckin

“And so the great man has called it a day. What a servant he has been. A pleasure to have played with and a joy to watch down through the years #agreat ” – Gerard Cassidy

“What a brilliant player, You broke Mayobridge hearts a couple of times but loved watching you play. Enjoy your retirement #classactMickey Linden

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