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Dermot Carlin calls time on his long Tyrone career

By John campbell

Dermot Carlin, a player who has shouldered more than his fair share of injuries but nonetheless can boast two All-Ireland medals, four Ulster Championship honours and an Allianz League gong, has finally drawn the curtain on his Tyrone career.

The 31-year-old Killyclogher clubman has been part of the Red Hands set-up for the greater part of manager Mickey Harte's tenure and was in the all-conquering squads of 2003 and 2008. He won the last of his provincial medals in 2010.

Carlin, who made his debut in the 2003 Ulster final, missed out on an All-Ireland medal in 2005 as he spent part of that year in the United States.

He was a regular in the side for a considerable time but in more recent years a litany of injuries disrupted his involvement.

In 2012 he suffered a serious knee injury against Kerry and the following year he damaged his medial ligament.

A broken nose and cuts to his face followed, which once again kept him sidelined. In fact, he has broken his nose twice.

Never less than wholehearted and dedicated, Carlin played mostly at corner-back for Tyrone but was equally comfortable at centre-half-back, the position which he fills for his club.

His retirement means that Sean Cavanagh is the only player still in action in the top flight from that 2003 All-Ireland side.

Carlin coped effectively with the challenge of facing some of the best forwards in the game.

It is a measure of his devotion to the sport that Carlin bounced back in style to win a Tyrone senior league medal with his club last year and has played a big part in bringing them into the quarter-finals of this year's county championship.

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