Limerick hurler Wayne McNamara calls time on his inter-county career

The 30-year-old released a statement on social media yesterday

BY Newstalk 15:11 Wednesday 19 October 2016, 15:11 19 Oct 2016

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Limerick hurler Wayne McNamara has brought his inter-county career to a close.

The 30-year-old has been involved with the Limerick squad since 2006 and made his championship debut in 2008 against Offaly.

In a statement released on his behalf by Limerick GAA, he thanked his family, fans and the GPA for their support during a decade long career.

"It was always my dream to play for Limerick and I'm very thankful I got to live that dream," he said.

"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."

The defender won one Munster title during his inter-county career in 2013 and a Division national hurling league medal in 2011.

Wayne McNamra's Statement in full

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.

Wayne McNamara

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