Eoin Kelly ends association with Waterford hurling

Updated: August 31, 2012

Waterford hurler Eoin Kelly has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling but insists he holds no grudge with manager Michael Ryan.

Kelly was dropped from the Deise panel earlier this season but he insists it has had no bearing on his decision to quit.
He also acknowledged manager Ryan and says there is no hard feeling between the two men despite being dropped earlier in the season.

Speaking to the Irish examiner the former All-Star said: “I want to thank Michael and his management team. There are no hard feelings. They were doing what they felt was best early on this year and I respected that at the time.

“I felt I could contribute something and was only too happy to come back and play for Waterford when I was asked.
“I got a goal against Clare in the Munster semi-final which proved to me that I could still perform at the highest level.”

The departing Kelly also thanked the county board for the work they do to keep Gaelic games alive in the Munster county.
“I’ve given 13 years to Waterford and I’ve been lucky enough to win four Munster titles on the field of play. That’s a pretty good return. I recently broke my thumb badly in a club game and that’s also a factor (in my decision),” he added.
“The County Board have always been a great support to me – and to the entire team, come to that.

“People don’t realise how tight things are financially for the County Board, but they’re doing everything within their power to keep hurling and football going in Waterford, and you have to respect that.”

He explained: “At one stage earlier in the year we were asked to sign hurleys before a training session – the Board were going to raffle them off to raise money to buy a set of jerseys for us.

“I know things are tight everywhere and County Boards all over the country are feeling the pinch but, in fairness to the lads here, they’re willing to put their shoulders to the wheel to keep things ticking over.”

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