Sunday 16 June 2019

Confirmed: Galway's Finian Hanley follows Michael Meehan into retirement

Fomer Galway defender Finian Hanley
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Galway stalwart Finian Hanley has called time on his inter-county footballer career just days after his teammate Michael Meehan did likewise.

The 32-year-old ruptured his cruciate in training back in April and missed the Championship season.

Hanley burst on the scene in 2005 when he won the first of three Connacht medals having played a key role along with Meehan in winning the All-Ireland U-21 title.

Hanley filled the full-back spot under a succession of Galway managers and went on to represent Ireland in five International Rules series against Australia, being named vice-captain in 2010.

He also captained Galway and tasted All-Ireland club glory when playing a key role guiding Salthill-Knocknacarra to victory in 2006.

In a statement released today through the Gaelic Players Association, Hanley said: "Inter county football has been an integral part of my life for the past 15 years. Today I am announcing that I am bringing my inter county career to a close.

"I would like to sincerely thank my family, especially my parents, my wife Pauline and daughter Freya for allowing me the opportunity to play football for Galway.

"I would also like to acknowledge my club, Salthill Knocknacarra. None of the opportunities that I have had would of been possible without my club mates and all involved.

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"To all the players, managers, coaches, mentors and delegates I l have played with and for, I am grateful for all their effort and help throughout my career.

"I would like to acknowledge the GAA community for the help and encouragement received during tougher times for me and my family.

"Finally, I would like to thank all the Galway supporters at home and abroad for their valued support throughout the years. I wish Galway football the best going forward."

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