Wednesday 18 January 2017

'My football journey is over' - Former Kerry star Declan O'Sullivan forced to retire from club football

Published 15/12/2015 | 14:04

Declan O’Sullivan in action for his club Dromid Pearses
Declan O’Sullivan in action for his club Dromid Pearses

Former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Declan O'Sullivan has been forced to retire from all Gaelic football following his latest surgery.

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O'Sullivan, who won five senior All-Ireland titles (two as captain), eight Munster championships and three All-Stars during his inter-county career, retired from inter-county football 12 months ago due to an ongoing injury.

The highly-skilled forward had hoped to continue playing with his club Dromid Pearses, but on the day that Dublin star Alan Brogan announced he was bowing out of the inter-county scene, O'Sullivan has been forced to hang up his bots for god.

After my op this morning sadly my football journey is over. Thank you @dromidgaa @SouthKerryBoard and @Kerry_Official it's been an honour," he tweeted.

"A big thank you to Dr Ray Moran and  staff of @SSCSantry for the wonderful care this morning. Another knee op completed."

O'Sullivan's final appearance for the Kingdom was the All-Ireland final victory over Donegal in 2014.

O'Sullivan also paid tribute to Brogan on the day the three-time All-Ireland winner called time on his inter-county career after 14 seasons.

"Congrats @alanbrogan13 on a very special career. A man for every occasion. Huge respect and admiration for you as a player.. All the best."

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