'I'll really miss playing for Wexford' – Rory Jacob announces retirement after 14-year inter-county career
Rory Jacob has decided to call time on his inert-county career and said it was a "privilege" to represent Wexford for 14 seasons.
Jacob made his debut for the Yellowbellies in 2002 and claimed his only silverware in 2004 when Wexford claimed a dramatic win over rivals Kilkenny in the Leinster Final.
“Today, I would like to announce my retirement from inter county hurling," he said in a statement today. "It has been a hugely difficult decision to come to but I feel now is the time to finish up.
“I have been privileged to wear the purple and gold jersey for 14 seasons at senior level, I have played alongside and against some great players and journeyed all over Ireland and beyond because of the game I love.
Jacob thanked his wife Judy, his family and everyone in his club Oulart-The-Ballagh who helped him in his development as a hurler.
“This decision has not been made overnight and is not an easy one to make but time away from home and family, the strain of training and matches on my body, the ever increasing amount of hours needed to prepare properly and the fact that my game time has decreased have all played a major role in my decision.
“Recent reports from a local media source have not surprised me but they have disappointed me and caused much hurt to my family, my fellow players involved and I. This type of situation portrays Wexford GAA in a bad light and lacks the class that should be present in all GAA circles. This is a situation that has happened to other players in the past and should not be acceptable to any proper Wexford hurling supporter.
“I am really going to miss playing with Wexford. I enjoyed every bit of it. Playing at the highest level has been exciting, rewarding and challenging.
"I finish with some regrets but I know that I have given it my all in every way possible and even though I don’t have much as regards silverware I am happy in the knowledge that I always endeavoured to beat the best and be the best."