Cats retirement ‘epidemic’ spreads as Dalton calls time

“It’s an epidemic,” said Michael Kavanagh yesterday, as news that John Dalton — citing work commitments — became the latest Kilkenny player to retire from the 2011 panel.

Dalton joins Eddie Brennan, Cha Fitzpatrick, PJ Ryan and Kavanagh himself, while Tipperary’s Lar Corbett has quit and Waterford’s John Mullane is taking a break from the Déise squad.

“I don’t know what’s in the air but it’s [retirement] becoming very popular — hopefully that’s the end of it now.”

Kavanagh blames the demands involved at inter-county level.

“John’s case is different to mine, he’s still in his prime. You have to be totally selfish now to play at inter-county, everything must revolve around it. It’s pretty much a full-time commitment for about nine months of the year and everyone around you must be prepared to accept that.”

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