Limerick hurler Wayne McNamara retires

Limerick hurler Wayne McNamara has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

After a decade with the county hurlers, the 30-year-old says that he has decided that it's the right time to step away from the senior set-up.

The wing-back was a fixture in the side that won the 2013 Munster title and he was also a part of the side that won a Divison 2 title in the National League in 2011.

The 30-year-old finishes the statement by wishing John Kiely and the existing management and players the best of luck of next season.

McNamara’s statements in full is as follows:

“Having represented Limerick since 2006 making my senior debut in 2007, I have decided it's the right time to step away from inter county hurling.

“It was always my dream to play for Limerick and I'm very thankful I got to live that dream.

“I was very fortunate during my career to have played alongside and against some wonderful hurlers and sportsmen, many of whom will remain friends for life.

“Wearing the Limerick jersey, representing my club and family was always a cherished honour for me but no county player can perform without the support of others.

“Firstly, I would like to thank all my teammates who soldiered with me. It was always a privilege but, more than anything else, I will now value the comraderie we shared during that precious time playing and training together.

“Thanks to all the management teams, backroom staff, coaches and medical personnel who helped me along the way.

“Sincere gratitude to my club Adare who supported me during my time with Limerick and who fostered and nurtured my love of the game.

“To my parents, my family and friends for your support and encouragement, through the good and bad days.

“We are all well aware of the demands and sacrifices necessary to compete but none more so than my girlfriend Aine – sincere thanks for your understanding and patience.

“To the GPA for their continued support.

“To John Kiely and current Limerick management and players, I wish you the very best in the coming season.”

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