Fitzmaurice: Inter-county football was 'proving too much' for Paul

Fitzmaurice: Inter-county football was 'proving too much' for Paul
Paul Galvin

Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice revealed last night the reasons for the decision of three-time All-Star Paul Galvin to end his senior inter-county football career.

Speaking in the aftermath of Kerry's one-point loss to Dublin in their Allianz League opener, and a short time after Galvin took to Twitter to reveal his decision, Fitzmaurice stated that the 34-year-old was unable to give the necessary commitment to the Kingdom set-up.

"Paul is finishing up, he's retiring," Fitzmaurice said at the post-match press conference in Croke Park.

"Basically, it was just proving too much in terms of logistics, his body and where he was at. He considered it through the autumn."

The Kerry manager, who is also a brother-in-law and club-mate of Galvin's, said that he tried to encourage him to continue playing for the Kingdom.

"I persuaded him to give it a go and not to have any regrets, basically. To have a look at it and see if it was manageable and it just proved that it wasn't.

"It's a decision he took a lot of time over. We met a couple of times during the week to chat it out. I think at the end of the day it's the right decision for him."

Fitzmaurice added: "Paul has always been very committed to the cause, club and county. He's a very wholehearted guy. His highlights reel, there were plenty of highs and plenty of lows. There were certainly no half-measures with him anyway!

"He had a fantastic career. He broke into the team in 2004 as a hard-working wing forward. He had a ferocious appetite for improvement and developed himself that by 2009 he was the Footballer of the Year. He's a great guy, a good friend of mine, a very honest person both on and off the field.

"He gave fantastic service to Kerry and the various clubs, Finuge, Lixnaw, Laune Rangers and UCC. He's had a great time of it."

Kerry must look to the future without Galvin, who follows in the footsteps of Eoin Brosnan in announcing his inter-county retirement.

Fitzmaurice felt that Galvin still had a big part to play for Kerry in 2014, but ultimately he respects the enigmatic half-forward's decision to end his 12-year career.

"I think he could have done a couple of jobs for us. We were looking at him in the half-back line and I think he could have done his old role in the half-forward line. He mightn't have been a starter all of the time.

"He is 34 years of age - the way he played the game for a lot of years he took a lot of knocks. He minds his body very well, he lives like a monk but at the same time it required a lot of taking care of as well.

"Logistically, his life is in Dublin now and trying to split your time between Dublin and Kerry was going to be difficult and challenging.

"There are no regrets on my part and there are no regrets on Paul's part. He had a look at it, he tried it out for the five or six weeks and it was just proving too demanding."

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