TRIBUTES have been paid to Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins who has announced his retirement from hurling.
Long-time opponent Eddie Brennan of Kilkenny tweeted that Cummins was always “a hard man to put one past” while former team-mate Brendan Maher added: “Best wishes to Brendan Cummins on his retirement.An honour to have played with him for the past 5 years. A fantastic sportsman and leader.”
After an inter-county career spanning 20 years, Cummins retired having won two All-Ireland medals; five All-Stars; five Munster hurling medals, three National League titles, and also has three All-Ireland runner-up medals.
He is holds the record for the highest number of appearances in the history of the Championship.
"Family has been the big reason, Paul and Sarah now are new arrivals, she's a year old at the end of the month,” said Cummins last night.
"So, obviously I want to spend more time with them.
"And obviously from a Tipperary hurling point of view. I'm around a long time, I think it's time somebody else got a shot at it."
The 38-year-old’s final game came against bitter rivals Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on an epic night in July when Tipperary exited the Championship after a disappointing season.
“It was probably the most emotional I’d been after a game. When the full-time whistle blew that day, I fell to my knees,” he recalled.
“I think I would have an awful lot to offer. I do have to get certain skills back up in line from a coaching point of view and all that.
“I'm definitely not the complete package even though I've had nine or ten different managers and how their styles have been.”