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Published 13/05/2011 | 05:00

Martin Comerford celebrates after scoring Kilkenny's second goal against Tipperary during the 2009 All-Ireland SHC final
Martin Comerford celebrates after scoring Kilkenny's second goal against Tipperary during the 2009 All-Ireland SHC final

Another senior Kilkenny star of the past decade has confirmed his retirement on the cusp of the hurling championship.

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Martin Comerford will not be accepting an invitation to return to the squad and has brought an 11-year career in the black and amber to an end. "The time comes for everyone to call it a day," the 32-year-old explained. "Now is a good time for me to leave".

Comerford joins Derek Lyng and James Ryall, who have also retired since last year's championship. The O'Loughlin Gaels man played an important role in Kilkenny's success over the last decade, winning six All-Ireland medals, five NFL titles and three All Star awards in a decorated career.

Comerford has struggled to make the team over the last couple of seasons but was the catalyst for the All-Ireland triumph in the epic 2009 final after coming off the bench.

He rates winning an All-Ireland title with his brother Andy as captain as one of his biggest honours. "I got to play with and against the best," he added. "Playing in a full Croke Park on All-Ireland day was beyond compare. I consider myself a lucky man to have enjoyed an experience like that."

Irish Independent

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