Hurling

Fighting a monster of a battle every time: Michael Fennelly speaks to KCLR about inter-county retirement

Fennelly spoke to The Saturday show in the wake of Friday's retirement news.

It’s time to listen to it.

Michael Fennelly’s words on his body prompting him towards inter-county retirement after 12 years with the Kilkenny senior hurling setup.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks clubman, 2009 senior captain and 8-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny announced his retirement from the inter-county game through a statement issued via the Gaelic Players Association on Friday afternoon.

“In a nutshell, I’ve had 12 years playing for Kilkenny”, said Fennelly in speaking with Edward Hayden on Saturday morning.

“If I could get another 12 years I would, or squeeze out a couple more but my body is telling me at this stage that it’s time to hang up the boots – and it’s time to listen to it, I think. This year in particular was tough.”

“In terms of the Waterford game, I came out with nearly three injuries in that game and it’s probably due to the intensity of the game; training, not training enough and getting the right load in training sessions to get ready for those games.”

“I’m fighting a monster of a battle ever time, fighting my own body every time. I was hoping to get some time with the club, get a good run, training, get ready for 2018 but that went completely pear-shaped.”

Listen to the full interview below.

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