Tuesday 21 November 2017

Mike McCarthy devastated as elbow injury scuppers France move and forces lock into retirement

Leinster's Mike McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Leinster's Mike McCarthy. Photo: Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Mike McCarthy will not be joining Narbonne this summer after he was forced to end his playing career prematurely due to an elbow injury.

The London-born lock revealed in March that he was joining the second-tier side on a two-year deal but his elbow injury has worsened and his 16-year rugby career is over.

McCarthy started out his career with Wasps in 2001. He also enjoyed stints with the Newcastle Falcons and two stints with Connacht before joining Leinster in 2013, making 75 appearance for the province.

He made his Ireland debut in 2011 and amassed 17 caps.

McCarthy was very disappointed with the how the curtain has come down on his career.

"I’m a dad and you do think of moments like bringing your daughter onto the pitch for a lap, maybe even with a trophy, and that’s no longer an option," he said.

"It’s just sad because I’ve played my last game without really knowing it, without really being able to savour it or take it in," he told the Leinster rugby website.

"That decision has been taken away from me and it’s difficult because even random things like I’m a dad and you do think of moments like bringing your daughter onto the pitch for a lap, maybe even with a trophy, and that’s no longer an option so like I said it’s just difficult right now to get my head around."

"For 17 years I’ve been playing the game I love, running around tearing into people and having people tear into you. How do you replace that? You probably can’t but it’s trying to get my head around it all."

He had been looking forward to enjoying a new culture in France.

"We’d been taking French lessons for the last six weeks, we had paid a deposit for the furniture removals, had paid a deposit on a house, we had handed in our lease here in Dublin. Everything was set," he added.

"I was massively excited to go there. It’s a beautiful part of France to live, down by the south coast and we were all looking forward to it and I was looking forward to contributing on the field over the next two seasons," he said.

"Jess had bought into it which is important because it has to work for us both.

"So we’d been taking French lessons for the last six weeks, we had paid a deposit for the furniture removals, had paid a deposit on a house, we had handed in our lease here in Dublin. Everything was set."

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