Legendary Kilkenny hurler DJ Carey has come out of retirement and will play with his club Young Ireland’s this season.
However, the former Cats forward is not planning an Inter county comeback like Graham Geraghty, he merely intends playing with the junior team. Carey,40, played in the Bryne cup against Carrickshock last night. He played the first forty minutes in goal, until he was moved full forward where he scored a penalty and a point from play. He is now set to play in the clubs JHC championship against Tullaroan at the weekend.
“I won’t be coming back to the game at any higher level than this, that’s for certain,” Carey told The Irish Examiner.
“I’m just glad I’ve come out of the game during the week unscathed. Of course, it’s not as serious as the level I had been playing previously but at my age once you come out of it intact you’re not complaining.”
The eight-time All Star may-line out alongside former Cats team-mate Charlie Carter in a junior A championship clash with Tullaroan tomorrow, but is not certain if he will be fit to play.
“I’ve been out of the game so long, it’s four years since I lifted a hurl in any anger,” he said. “Even 20 minutes of running takes a lot out of me. I was down in a field close to where I live the other night trying to ease the pain out of my legs.
“But I have no real ambitions about hurling again. I might play a game or two if the club wants me. I don’t want to be taking the place of a young lad.”
Carey made headlines recently earlier this year when he was involved in a family financial dispute and it was also later revealed that he owed a substantial amount of money to Irish banks. Retired from inter-county hurling since 2005, he last lined out for his club in 2007.
In his 15 year inter-county career, Carey won five All-Ireland titles, 10 Leinster titles, four National Hurling Leagues and two Railway Cups.He scored 34 goals and 195 points from 57 championship games.