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Dermot Earley has announced his retirement from inter-county football, speaking on Newstalk Sport Sunday.
The two times All-Star told Joe Molloy his back injury has become so serious he can no longer play inter-county football.
Earley told Joe of his struggle with a back injury, involving several operations, and a painful rehabilitation which sadly means the end of his inter-county career.
“It’s disappointing because, of course, it’s a serious injury that does have a long rehab plan. To rehab it correctly - I just don’t have enough time to do it this season to do it. I had said it was going be my last season anyway, so unfortunately this operation has really ended my inter-county career. I’m quite sad about it but at the same time I’m happy enough to make that decision,” he said.
Earley told Joe of the disappointment that he couldn’t finish his career on the field of play.
“You’d like to finish on your own terms and go out on the playing field,” he said.
“Your health is your wealth. My body has been through over the last number of years and I think this is just the right decision to give it a rest and let it heal properly.”
Earley goes out with two Leinster medals, two All-Star awards and five Kildare titles, with his club Sarsfields.
He told Joe he goes out with a career of good memories.
“I’ve won two Leinster medals. There’s not many Kildare men that have them.”