Wednesday 21 February 2018

'It’s sad to see someone not fulfilling his full potential': Alan Quinlan pays tribute to Luke Fitzgerald

Sean O'Grady

Alan Quinlan has spoken out on Luke Fitzgerald’s retirement.

The Leinster and Ireland back announced that he would be hanging up his boots today at the tender age of 28, saying he was ready to move on to the next stage of his life.

Former Munster player Quinlan (41) said he is sad to see the athlete go.

Read more: Luke Fitzgerald retires from rugby due to injury at the age of 28 

“It’s sad for Luke because he’s a top bloke. I’ve played with him, I’ve played against him many times,” he told

“He came on the scene very young and he’s incredibly popular with people. He’s just had a horrendous run with injuries.

“He’s a fantastic pro, it’s always sad to see someone like that retire early, not fulfilling his full potential and getting the full career out of it.

Read more: 'A special talent' - Leo Cullen leads tributes for retired Luke Fitzgerald

“I wish him well. He’s achieved so much as well. I know he’ll have some frustrations with the injuries but I wish him well.”

Speaking at the launch of Newstalk’s new Autumn schedule, the Tipperary man is gearing up to present Newstalk Breakfast alongside Colette Fitzpatrick, Shane Coleman and Paul Williams.

“It is new territory for me. We’re all determined to deliver good content to people,” he said.

“We’ll be judged on that. We’ll take constructive criticism along the way but we’re determined to make it work.

“We won’t please everyone all of the time. Hopefully we’ll get big numbers listening to us.”

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