DONAL Og Cusack has left his inter-county career behind him with no bitterness after being omitted from the Cork panel for the first time in 17 years.
"It's a change of life. I like to look back on the positive things. I made great friends, great memories; the game taught me a lot. It taught me about health and even around the areas of mental resilience," said the former Cork goalkeeper.
Cusack said that he didn't react badly to being told by Cork manager, Jimmy Barry-Murphy that he was no longer on the panel.
"That wasn't the case, that wasn't the way it was," he said.
Cusack also insisted that he wasn't bitter over being omitted.
"Sometimes there is a danger when you finish your career – and a lot of careers can come to an abrupt end – that you can be bitter. But I have absolutely no intention of being like that.
"Having said that, I fully understand what happened and I have my own views on what happened," he said.
Cusack had been first-choice Cork goalkeeper since the late 1990s, but ruptured his Achilles tendon last April which ruled him out for the championship.
His replacement, Anthony Nash, did extremely well throughout the campaign and was chosen as All Star 'keeper.
Having fully recovered, Cusack was prepared to battle on in an effort to regain his place this year, but was told that he was no longer required.