Friday 23 February 2018

'My football journey is over' - Former Kerry star Declan O'Sullivan forced to retire from club football

Declan O’Sullivan in action for his club Dromid Pearses
Declan O’Sullivan in action for his club Dromid Pearses
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Declan O'Sullivan has been forced to retire from all Gaelic football following his latest surgery.

O'Sullivan, who won five senior All-Ireland titles (two as captain), eight Munster championships and three All-Stars during his inter-county career, retired from inter-county football 12 months ago due to an ongoing injury.

The highly-skilled forward had hoped to continue playing with his club Dromid Pearses, but on the day that Dublin star Alan Brogan announced he was bowing out of the inter-county scene, O'Sullivan has been forced to hang up his bots for god.

After my op this morning sadly my football journey is over. Thank you @dromidgaa @SouthKerryBoard and @Kerry_Official it's been an honour," he tweeted.

"A big thank you to Dr Ray Moran and  staff of @SSCSantry for the wonderful care this morning. Another knee op completed."

O'Sullivan's final appearance for the Kingdom was the All-Ireland final victory over Donegal in 2014.

O'Sullivan also paid tribute to Brogan on the day the three-time All-Ireland winner called time on his inter-county career after 14 seasons.

"Congrats @alanbrogan13 on a very special career. A man for every occasion. Huge respect and admiration for you as a player.. All the best."

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