NIALL MORAN has quit inter-county hurling for a second time - because he didn't want to become a "passenger" in an ambitious Limerick set-up.
The 31-year Ahane clubman initially retired in December 2013 only to be coaxed back last June, but last Saturday night's NHL start against Waterford - cut short after 28 minutes - now appears to have been his definitive swansong.
Moran told the Limerick Leader that he "couldn't speak highly enough" of TJ Ryan's management team but added: "Having played the last four games, I felt myself that I wasn't getting to the pitch of where I needed to be at this level, and time constraints outside of hurling weren't going to give me the leverage to put in even more time.
"I felt it best to be honest now and not become a passenger in a set-up loaded with ambition and talent," he admitted.
LIMERICK (SH v Antrim): N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, S Hickey; T Condon, W McNamara, D Morrissey; J Ryan, P Browne; D Reidy, D O'Grady, C Lynch; T Morrissey, S Dowling, A Breen.