Déise star Mullane mulls over inter-county future

Waterford hurler John Mullane has revealed he is considering calling time on his inter-county career.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Mullane, who turns 32 next month, said he won’t stay on unless he feels he can commit 100% to the task.

“I’ll enjoy Christmas with the family, chill out, but I’m going to sit down over the holidays with (Waterford manager) Michael Ryan and discuss my future over a cup of coffee, make the call on it,’’ Mullane said.

“I’m not the kind of fella who can go into something without being 100% committed. If I don’t feel 100% right within myself I won’t do it — it’s all or nothing.

“But if I do commit I will give it everything I have again. You must have that motivation though, you need that drive. The level of commitment required from an inter-county player nowadays is unreal and I’d like to spend more time with the kids. Either way, it’s going to be a hard decision.

“I’ve had so many great years with Waterford but you need to be fully motivated, you need to enjoy what you’re doing and it doesn’t get any easier as you get older. I’ll enjoy these few weeks, talk to the lads, see what the plan will be.

“One option is to come in late again for the league. In the last couple of years, that did me the world of good come the championship. I’m at that age now where I’m trying to look after the body as best I can until March, then once the bright evenings come in you look forward to training again. I had thought 2012 was going to be my final year but I did enjoy it. Now, I’m considering everything again.”

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