John Mullane has confirmed he is taking a break from inter-county hurling, but the Waterford forward denied he is set to announce his retirement.
Reports suggested Mullane was ready to take an indefinite break from the sport, but the 31-year-old says he will return in five or six weeks. The forward confirmed he is taking the break to extend his inter-county career.
Talking to RTE last night, Mullane said: “I sat down with the management two weeks ago and I basically told them that I needed five or six weeks. I was in since January 1. I was finding it difficult at home. I have two young girls. I was going to training and I just wasn’t enjoying it.
“I felt, from my own point of view, it was the best decision. I would continue with the team but do a different programme, continue with the weights and come back in in five or six weeks’ time.
“I’ll probably miss the first half of the league and I’ll be back after St Patrick’s Day. I’m basically trying to shorten the year as much as I can for myself. I can’t find enough time in the day or in the week at the moment. It’s more for myself. I feel it might suit myself and, please God, Waterford.”
Reports suggested Mullane was disappointed that he had been overlooked for the captaincy position, but the Deise forward moved to dismiss those claims.
“I have no qualms whatsoever with Brick Walsh being appointed captain and I want that put on the record — it is absolutely not an issue.
“It would have been a great honour to have been chosen, but Brick was a fabulous captain in ’08 and ’09. He has my 100% backing and the same goes for the whole panel. We’re 100% behind him.”