Donegal All-Ireland winner Karl Lacey has stepped away from the Donegal GAA Academy with immediate effect.
The Four Masters man has been an integral part of the county set-up for the past two years.
But this evening Lacey contacted coaches across the county to inform them of his decision to step away from the academy.
Lacey has left his role with a stinging parting shot saying he felt sad that the academy had “not been supported” in helping younger players to develop.
The following is Lacey’s statement in full.
“It is with a heavy heart and deepest regret I have to announce I am stepping away from Donegal GAA academy effective immediately. I wish to thank all of you for your part in the exceptional progress we have made together in the last 2 years.
“I am so proud of what we have achieved and feel sad that we have not been supported in continuing to impact our young players by giving them the opportunity to grow and develop through the positive learning environments you all created every single day.
“I do hope for the sake of the wonderful young people we worked with that our brilliant progress will not be in vain and they will get the support it deserves.
“A huge thanks for all your ongoing commitment, massive energy and hunger, sharing of knowledge and exceptional support towards the academy. I look forward to working with you in the future for the good of Donegal GAA and its best interests always.”