Tom O’Sullivan has confirmed that Kerry manager Jack O’Connor was unable to convince him to return to inter county action.
The Rathmore club man confirmed last week that he would not be continuing to play for the green and gold for the upcoming championship.
The left full back confirmed that O’Connor ”tried everything” to persuade the 33 year-old to change his mind, but he was not for budging.
“I was talking to Jack late last week. He was asking if there was any way that he could twist my arm.v But I said it was the finish, there would be no twisting the arm this year. He probably twisted my arm for the last three years,” O’Sullivan said.
“Jack felt it would take me only three weeks to get fit if I put my mind to it. I agreed. But the hunger just wasn’t there. I told him it was time to call it a day. I have enough given, and it’s time to let the young lads step up now. I have no regrets. I’ve won everything the game has to offer. It’s time for me to move on.”
O’Sullivan won one All-Ireland Under-21 title, 5 All-Ireland senior titles, 8 Munster titles, 3 National League titles with Kerry. He was also man of the match in Kerry’s 2009 All-Ireland win over Cork.