STEPHEN HINEY: THE LATEST PLAYER TO HANG UP HIS INTER-COUNTY HURL
The Ballyboden man announced his retirement yesterday morning and he joins a long list of players who have ended their inter-country careers in the past few weeks.
Kilkenny’s Tommy Walsh, Aiden Fogarty and Brian Hogan all announced their retirements recently as did Eoin Kelly and John O’Brien of Tipperary..
Hiney was Dublin captain when Anthony Daly’s men beat Galway in the Leinster final in 2013, although he did not play in that game because of injury and the the 31-year-old has struggled to regain full fitness since.
“I wish to announce my retirement from the Dublin Senior Hurling team,” said Hiney in statement released through DublinGAA.ie a short time ago.
“It has been a great honour and privilege to have represented my county at senior level over the past thirteen years. This is not a decision I have arrived at lightly, however, I believe the time is right.
“Although we never managed to make the big day in September, Dublin hurling has changed dramatically from when I first joined the team. “It would have been hard to imagine Dublin winning Leinster championship and National League titles 13 years ago. The Leinster championship win was definitely the highlight of my career. I was also lucky enough to have captained the team for a number of seasons which was a huge honour for me.
“I have experienced highs and lows during my playing career. I have endured some serious injuries along the way but thanks to the brilliant medical staff and backroom teams, I have been fortunate enough to be able to return to the playing field on each occasion.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and made it possible for me to play at this level for so long. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife Elaine and my family who have supported me from the very beginning.
“I’d also like to thank my club, Ballyboden, for their support and contribution to my development as a player. Thanks also to all the Dublin hurling management and backroom teams throughout the years.
“I would like to give a special mention to Anthony Daly and his management team with whom we experienced our greatest success. Without Anthony’s passion and drive, I’m sure we would not have experienced the success we did.
“I have played with an amazing bunch of lads over the years, many of whom I regard as my closest friends. I have no doubt that with the talent in Dublin hurling at present they will have even more success over the coming years. I would like to wish Ger Cunningham, the management team and the current panel the very best of luck in the seasons ahead.”
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