Thank you too, Killian

Kerry's Killian Young. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Kerry's Killian Young. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Kerry senior footballer Killian Young has called it a day at the end of fourteen glittering seasons with the Kingdom.

In that time he's gone from young gun - pardon the pun - to mainstay to veteran. The Renard man has gathered four All Ireland titles, nine Munster championships and two National League titles in that time.

An underage star with the Kingdom, he played minor before captaining the county to their last-ever All Ireland Under 21 title in 2008 (they saw off Kildare in the final) and was named Young Footballer of the Year in 2007, his breakthrough season under Pat O'Shea one of his four inter-county managers.

Here is his statement to colleagues, friends, family and fans upon his retirement:

I wish to announce my retirement from the Kerry Senior Football team.

After 14 years of representing my county at senior level, the time has come for me to move onto the next chapter. To say it was an honour to play with Kerry is an understatement, I've loved every single minute of it and if I could roll back the years and do it all again, I would in a heartbeat.

I'd like to thank my parents for their ongoing support since I was first able to kick a ball. They are fiercely loyal and have always been a massive influence in my life. My sister Caoimhe, my extended family and all my friends who have followed me around the country to games, I will never forget that and will always be so grateful.

To my fiancée, Catriona, thanks for always being there. And for all the love, support and encouragement you have given me throughout the years and the sacrifices you made to help me in my career with Kerry. I really look forward to what the future holds for us and to all the adventures ahead. Also, to my Lixnaw family who treat me as one of their own, thanks for everything.

To my GAA club Renard: I wouldn't have had the success I've had without the coaching, development and constant support received from those in my club from a young age. Each one of you contributed hugely to my career and allowed me one of the highlights of my life so far - bringing Sam Maguire down Renard Road and into our clubhouse.

For those memories, I will always be indebted to you. I am looking forward to giving you my full commitment going forward and want to thank you sincerely for your loyalty and patience throughout the years. I hope I have represented our club with honour and have made all of you proud.

To the Kerry County Board and Kerry Group, for all the behind-the-scenes hard work and support. As a player, I never wanted for anything and appreciate all you did for us.

To the Kerry supporters: you've been a big part of my journey and your presence on those magic days in Croke Park is often what got us over the line. Thank you for your passion and dedication, and for sharing the green and gold with me. To the young Kerry footballers around the county - believe in yourself, work hard and you too can experience the unique privilege of playing with Kerry.

To the backroom teams down through the years, I have made lifetime friendships with many of you. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in and for the endless words of advice and motivation.

To all my managers since 2006, thank you for always believing in me and allowing me to represent my county on the field of play. Your encouragement, honesty and support will not be forgotten.

Finally, to my Kerry teammates past and present, thank you for the wonderful memories. We have created memories together that can never be taken away and can only be understood by us. It has been the best time of my life playing with Kerry and I will take all of the cherished memories and friendships away with me.

Continued success to the great bunch of players that I am leaving behind, and I am so proud to have shared a dressing room with you.

- Killian Young, October 1, 2019