Tuesday 17 October 2017

Clare All Ireland winner and two-time All Star confirms retirement from inter-county hurling

Brendan Bugler, Clare, is congratulated by his father Seamus following his side's victory in 2013
Brendan Bugler, Clare, is congratulated by his father Seamus following his side's victory in 2013
Clare players, Brendan Bugler, left, and Colm Galvin celebrate at the final whistle
Clare's Brendan Bulger in action against Cork's Patrick HorgaN

Clare's Brendan Bugler has released a statement confirming his retirement from inter-county hurling.

As revealed in Tuesday's Irish Independent, Bugler left the panel after 11 years with the Banner during which time he won an All Ireland and two All Stars.

"I wish to confirm that I am retiring from inter-county hurling with Clare," said Bugler.

"Thank you to everyone who has helped me on my journey along the way. I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank my family and friends, teammates and management teams in Whitegate, Scariff Community College, University of Limerick and Clare."

Bugler was one of Clare’s most experienced campaigners, having made his championship debut under Tony Considine way back in 2007 in the infamous clash with Cork which was later branded ‘Semple-Gate’.

The Whitegate man would go on to establish himself as a key cog in the side and in 2012 he claimed his club’s first All-Star award.

Bugler would repeat the feat when he helped the Banner to their Liam MacCarthy Cup win in 2013 under Davy Fitzgerald.

However, Clare have been unable to recapture that level of form since and this year Bugler found his game-time limited.

The 32-year-old was an unused sub as Clare crashed out of the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, while he also didn’t feature in either the Munster semi-final win over Limerick or the provincial final defeat to Cork.

And with Bugler stepping away, there is speculation that All-Ireland-winning captain Pat Donnellan could join him in retirement.

Donnellan made his debut a year before Bugler in 2006 and he led the county to that last All-Ireland victory in 2013.

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