Tuesday 17 October 2017

Limerick star Niall Moran calls time on his inter-county hurling career

Niall Moran is held shoulder high by the Limerick supporters after they won the 2013 Munster title
Niall Moran is held shoulder high by the Limerick supporters after they won the 2013 Munster title

Limerick forward Niall Moran has announced his retirement for the second time.

According to the Limerick Leader the 31 year old informed Treaty manager TJ Ryan of his decision this morning.

Moran retired following the 2013 season, when Limerick won their first Munster title in 17 years, but was coaxed back onto the panel last summer by manager TJ Ryan and featured as a substitute in the Championship against Wexford and Kilkenny.

The Ahane forward started last Saturdays draw with Waterford but was substituted in the second half.

"I spoke to TJ earlier in the year and I said I'd play some of the early season games and see how I felt physically," Moran told the Limerick Leader.

"Having played the last four games I felt myself that I wasn't getting to the pitch of where I needed to be at this level and time constraints outside of hurling weren't going to give me the leverage to put in even more time.

"I felt it best to be honest now and not become a passenger in a setup loaded with ambition and talent. The margins for victory don't allow for that.

"I could not speak highly enough of the management, backroom staff and players. It goes without saying that I am disappointed in myself that I wasn't getting to where I'd hoped to be but I'm 100% behind TJ and the best group a player could hope to be part of."

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