Kilkenny's Richie Power enjoyed a stellar career in the Black and Amber jersey, but the circumstances in which he was forced to announce his inter-county retirement has left him with a real sense of frustration.
The 30-year-old had been struggling with a knee injury in recent years and now has made the inevitable decision to end his 11-year tenure with the Cats, a period in which he won eight All-Ireland medals and two All Stars.
"When it's forced upon you it makes it that much harder," was his initial reaction when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.
"I've had trouble with my knees in the past. I had three scopes done last year in the space of ten months and after the third one I was told that my playing days were more or less over. Announcing it today made it a bit more real for me. Obviously it's disappointing but I can look back on a great 11 years with Kilkenny.
"For the last two years 80 to 90 percent of my training has been done in the gym, on a spin bike and in the pool"
The Carrickshock clubman also spoke on how difficult it was in trying to bounce back from each setback.
"It was very very tough, especially last year," he added.
"I played one full game for Kilkenny against Cork for and then got 12 minutes in the All-Ireland final. It was a great way to finish the year with another All-Ireland medal, but it was frustrating nevertheless.
"In the year previous to that I picked up the injury against Galway (Leinster semi-final) Luckily enough I got back for the All-Ireland semi-final and final so that made up for it.
"For the last two years 80 to 90 percent of my training has been done in the gym, on a spin bike and in the pool.
"Through it all it was great to have the support of my family and the wonderful management and medical team in Kilkenny. Putting that all together made my decision a lot easier, but still there is the disappointment of being forced to make a decision you didn't want to make."