Gerard Connolly has stepped down as Secretary of the Fermanagh and Western Football League.

Connolly tendered his resignation in an email to Fermanagh and Western Football League Chairman Neil Jardine and the Management Committee late on Saturday night citing health reasons.

"It is with much regret that I wish to inform you of my decision to resign as League Secretary and Match Secretary with immediate effect.

"As you are well aware my health has deteriorated considerably over the past 18 months and it is now time for me to face facts and plan for a more sedate lifestyle. My well-being must be my priority and consequently I must remove myself from all circumstances which could threaten it," Connolly stated in the email.

He did though stress that he would help out in any way during the transition of duties.

"I understand that my precipitous resignation could cause transitional problems and I wish to assure you that I will do all that I can to ensure a smooth transition.

"It has been a rewarding experience and I value the time that I have spent as Secretary and the friendships that I have made. I thank you for your support and guidance during most of my tenure and I wish you and the League continued success in the years ahead."

Fermanagh and Western Football League Chairman Neil Jardine says that while he was shocked, he fully respects Connolly's decision.

"I was shocked when I got the email, I wasn't expecting it. However, I respect his decision, especially as it is on health grounds and that has to come first.

"There is a scheduled Management Committee meeting on Thursday night and we will discuss matters in more detail at that. In the mean time, myself, as Chairman, will take on the Secretary duties," he commented.