Waterford player Tony Browne retires from inter-county hurling
Published 17/04/2014 | 18:48
Waterford hurling legend Tony Browne has confirmed his retirement from the sport he has played for the last 23 years.
In a statement sent by the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the Irish right wing-back said the decision was a "tough" one to make but that he has been "blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the Waterford hurling teams over the past three decades.
"I have loved and embraced every moment wearing the Waterford jersey from my earliest days. However, I know the time is now right for me to bring the curtain down on my county career," read this evening's statement.
"Throughout those years I had the honour of playing with and against some of the greatest players ever seen in the game. I would like to thank all of the past and present players for their wonderful support and friendship throughout my career."
The 40-year-old sportsman said he wanted to thank "all the coaches the back-room teams over the years" and "the medical staff who helped me to prolong my career way beyond expectation".
"I was very fortunate to have played under so many fantastic managers, all of whom contributed greatly to my career.
According to the statement, Browne said he wanted to pay "a special tribute to my club Mount Sion and my club colleagues for their support and guidance in helping me fulfil my potential as a hurler and as a person."
"The backing of my club enabled me to compete at the very highest level and follow my dreams."
The rest of the statement can be read below:
"It goes without saying the Waterford supporters are amongst the greatest in the GAA. I personally want to thank you for everything all through the years. I will cherish those cheers and your support for all time.
"I so look forward to supporting Waterford GAA for many years ahead and wish the current players and management the very best for the future.
"Finally to my family I sincerely thank you for your understanding, loyalty and support I will be forever grateful for all you have done."