Saturday 10 December 2016

Royal Reilly forced to retire after injury nightmare

Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30

Meath's Kevin Reilly has been forced to retire
Meath's Kevin Reilly has been forced to retire

Meath full-back Kevin Reilly has announced his retirement from inter-county football after 11 seasons.

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Citing chronic injury problems, the 29-year-old outlined the reasons for his decision in a statement issued through the Gaelic Players' Association.

"Three surgeries, my back, hip and Achilles tendon, bulging discs, frequent hamstring, quad and hip flexor tears, broken arm, foot, nose, fingers and vertebrae, chronic tendonitis and cartilage damage in knees, shoulders and Achilles tendons have all taken their toll on my body, but it has been the hip injury I suffered in the Leinster final of 2014 that has brought my career to a premature end," read the statement.

"I loved every minute in the Green and Gold Meath jersey. The pride and satisfaction I got from wearing the No 3 jersey was unrivalled. Albeit an unfruitful career in terms of medals won, I look back fondly on the opportunity Meath GAA has given me.

"With the greatest gratitude in the world I want to sincerely thank my family, managers, selectors, fellow players and all the supporters of Meath football."

Elsewhere, Billy Morgan has been the latest name to be linked to the vacant Cork football manager position. Morgan is the county's most successful manager and he, along with Ronan McCarthy, Ephie Fitzgerald and Ned English are the names that have been linked with the post. The early favourite to replace Brian Cuthbert, John Cleary, has pulled out of the race. Reports suggest Cork would like to present a name to clubs at next Tuesday's county board meeting.

Meanwhile, Waterford's Maurice Shanahan, Clare star David McInerney and Meath dual star Mickey Burke are among those included on the 18-man Ireland Shinty-Hurling squad.

In all, joint managers Jeffrey Lynskey and Gregory O'Kane have named players from ten different counties in their squad. Nine players from last year's squad are included.

All-Star nominee Austin Gleeson from Waterford and Wexford's Conor McDonald are among those set to be involved with the U-21 squad. The U-21s face Scotland on October 24 in Inverness as a curtain-raiser to the first senior Test. An additional senior Hurling/Shinty international will be held at Croke Park on November 21.

Ireland Shinty/Hurling squad - Eoin Reilly (Laois), Brian Murphy (Kerry), James Toher (Meath), Matthew Whelan (Laois), David McInerney (Clare), Eoin Price (Westmeath), Michael Burke (Meath), Niall Ó Muineachain (Kildare), Bernard Deay (Kildare), Shane Moloney (Galway), Shane Nolan (Kerry), Zane Keenan (Laois), Paul Divilly (Kildare), Neal McAuley (Antrim), Derek McNicholas (Westmeath), Gareth Johnson (Down), Damien Healy (Meath), Maurice Shanahan (Waterford).

Irish Independent

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