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Owen insists his county career is over following stint at London

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By Declan Bogue

Owen Mulligan has insisted he has brought down the curtain on his inter-county career for the final time following his stint earlier this summer with London.

The Exiles ran Leitrim to a goal in Connacht and Carlow to a point in two games at the new McGovern Park in Ruislip, with former Tyrone star Mulligan grabbing a point in the first encounter.

The Cookstown man, who now plays his club football with Fulham Irish, insists he has reached the end of the road at the inter-county level of Gaelic football.

Asked if he would tog out in the National League, he replied: "Not at all. Are you having a laugh? I only went in for a brief spell to help them train and the hunger got the better of me.

"The animal got the better of me and I thought I could work, but I think maybe it was a bridge too far. It was training Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and my body couldn't take it. It's a professional sport now."

Mulligan and London manager Ciaran Deely had continually denied he was going to play a part in their Championship campaign but, on the day of the Leitrim game, the three-time All-Ireland winner - originally named on the bench - was on the pitch for the throw-in.

"The last couple of training sessions I felt I was getting better and fitter but it's young man's game now," he added. "Managers maybe think you are still going to take the ball on and run and beat players but it's not the case. They are fitter and tighter than you, and at 36 it might be time to hang it up."

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