Veteran defender Killian Young has retired from intercounty football after 14 years in the green and gold of Kerry.

The Renard clubman had been a reliable servant for The Kingdom since his debut year in 2006 but he was sidelined by an ankle injury during this year’s league campaign. Young subsequently made no appearances in the championship, although he did make Peter Keane’s 26 for the All-Ireland final drawn game and replay against Dublin.

He won nine Munster titles, two National Leagues and four All-Irelands with Kerry.

In a statement released this morning on the Kerry GAA website, the 32-year-old said it was time for “the next chapter”.

“To say it was an honour to play with Kerry is an understatement. I’ve loved every single minute of it and if I could roll back the years and do it all again, I would in a heartbeat.”

County Board Chairman Tim Murphy described Young as “one of Kerry’s longest and most loyal servants” while current manager Peter Keane praised his knowledge and experience in the dressing room, which he said had been “invaluable” for his young team this season.

Pic: Eamonn Keogh.