THE hugely-popular Waterford hurler John Mullane has announced he is to retire from the inter-county scene at the age of 31.
“I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling. After months of deliberation I feel the time is right to bring the curtain down on my inter-county career," he said in a statement issued through the Gaelic Players Assocation tonight.
“The sense of genuine pride I got from wearing the Waterford jersey and representing the county I love will live with me forever.
“Throughout those 13 years I was fortunate enough to play with some great players. I would like to thank all the players sincerely for their support and more importantly their friendship."
However, he failed to secure the biggest prize of them all - an All Ireland senior title.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a big thank you to my coaches, managers, medical and backroom team and all of the friends I have made throughout my career on and off the field," he added.
“My relationship with the Waterford supporters has always been a very special one and I sincerely thank them for their support in both good and bad times.
“I would like to pay tribute to my club De La Salle for providing me with the necessary solid foundations and guidance to allow me to compete at the highest level and I look forward to the new challenges that lie ahead.
“In conclusion I wish to thank my family and my wife Stephanie for their loyalty and support over the years. I look forward to supporting Waterford for the years ahead and would like to wish the current management and team the very best for the coming season."