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Injury forces Miskella out of football

Updated: Saturday, 03 Dec 2011 22:54

John Miskella - "It's very disappointing, particularly as I didn't get to make the final call myself..."
John Miskella - "It's very disappointing, particularly as I didn't get to make the final call myself..."

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Cork defender John Miskella has called time on his football career with club and county.

The 33-year-old All-Ireland winner has quit following advice from doctors due to a groin injury.

The Ballincollig clubman told The Examiner: "I’ve retired from both club and county football.

"It’s injury-related in that I have a groin injury that isn’t improving. I was keen to give it another go with Cork next year but I’ve been told I’m better off retiring.

"It’s very disappointing, particularly as I didn’t get to make the final call myself about retiring, the decision was made for me. What’s worse is that I wanted to knock a few years out of the club and that’s gone as well."

Miskella’s career highlight came in 2010 when he won an All-Ireland medal with victory over Down at Croke Park.

"I’d been there since 1999, so that was great, to win an All-Ireland medal," he said. "I think you probably appreciate it that bit more when it comes later in your career.

"And at that stage I’d lost a couple of All-Ireland finals as well.

"In terms of disappointment the 2009 final was the worst, we had played very well all that year and not to end up with the big prize was a low point."

Miskella also paid tribute to his wife Claire saying: "I’ve got two kids so it’s not as if I won’t have things to do, but I wouldn’t have been able to play inter-county football at all without her backing.”

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