Armagh defender Aidan Forker paid a glowing tribute to Stephen Sheridan at Armagh’s annual awards ceremony last Thursday.
Sheridan, who wore the orange and white for nine years, ended his playing career at the end of this season.
He made six appearances during the 2023 campaign as Armagh reached the Ulster final and All-Ireland quarter-final.
Teammates Aidan Forker and Rory Grugan presented the Forkhill man with a recognition award for his commitment to the Armagh cause over the years.
Sheridan first came onto the scene in 2015 and made his debut against Tyrone in the McKenna Cup, Kieran McGeeney’s first competitive game as Armagh boss.
He went on to make 73 appearances for the Orchard County and helped McGeeney’s side reach Division One.
“We were fortunate to solider with him for ten plus years,” said Forker on Sheridan’s decision to step away.
“He’s definitely one of the best teammates anyone could ever ask for. He played like he lived.
“He was always supporting people, kept it simple, always aimed to do the right thing in every moment.
“His work rate on and off the pitch, each and every night tells you a lot about the fella. He would never let you down, he was the most selfless teammate.
“He brought so much to our group and had a massive part in building the group that we have today that is back competing, and we feel on the cusp of something.”
Sheridan was named as the County Footballer of the Year in 2017. He also won two Division Three National League titles with Armagh in 2015 and 2018.
His final appearance in the orange and white came against Cavan in the Ulster quarter-final this season as Armagh ran out comfortable five-point winners.
His memorable goal against Donegal in Clones last year was one of many highlights from Sheridan’s career.