Counihan: Murphy one of the greats

Conor Counihan has hailed retired ace Nicholas Murphy as “one of Cork’s greatest ever midfield players”.

Murphy, 34, has officially called time on his inter-county career, which began way back in 1997.

He had the rare distinction of picking up provincial winners’ medals across three different decades and was a key player in the All-Ireland success of 2010, coming on as the team’s first substitute in the final win over Down.

In the season just past, manager Counihan used him in a novel forward role, from where he pilfered a goal in the Munster final win over Clare.

But he will always be remembered for his midfield exploits and captured an All Star award in the position in 2006.

“His commitment and attitude were second to none and he led by example,” said Counihan. “He was one of Cork’s greatest ever midfield players and his list of achievements over three decades proves beyond doubt what a great player he was. We wish him well in his sporting and business career over the coming years.”

Counihan’s positive words were echoed throughout yesterday as a host of Murphy’s former team-mates took to social media outlets to praise theCarrigaline man.

All-Ireland winning colleagues Michael Shields, Daniel Goulding and Aidan Walsh all gave glowingendorsements of the powerful middle man with Shields admitting he “got Cork out of trouble so many times”.

Goulding described Murphy as a “model of commitment, drive and skill”.

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