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Further blow to Deise as Prendergast calls time

WATERFORD stalwart Declan Prendergast has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling, it was revealed last night.

The Ardmore clubman, who made his senior championship debut for the Deise back in 2003, has stepped down after 10 seasons.

Prendergast (30) made his last championship appearance against Kilkenny in last year's All-Ireland semi-final.

The versatile defender, at home in the full-back or half-back divisions, made over 30 senior hurling championship appearances for his county.

During the course of a successful career, Prendergast won three Munster SHC medals, in 2004, 2007 and 2010, as well as a National Hurling League medal in 2007.

Prendergast, brother of 32-year-old Waterford forward Seamus, was captain for the 2010 Waterford Crystal Cup final victory over UCC.

Irish Independent