James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick has ruled out making a return to the Kilkenny panel, insisting he is happy to concentrate on playing with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Fitzpatrick, 27, quit Kilkenny last year and won his fifth county title with Shamrocks at Nowlan Park on Sunday.
When asked if he would like to return for his county, he told The Irish Examiner: "No, no, God no. Every dog has his day and I’ve had mine now. I’m enjoying my hurling with the club at the moment. It was a good day for Ballyhale Shamrocks. We’re back on the map again.
"I made my decision last year and stuck by it. I wasn’t going to go into training and play second fiddle all year even with Kilkenny having injuries.
"That’s the decision I took, I’m happy with it and I’ve no regrets. I’m just delighted to be in Nowlan Park wearing the green and white of Shamrocks."
Former hurler of the year Fitzpatrick, who quit the panel out of frustration of being overlooked, is based in Dublin and dismissed rumblings he would look to switch club allegiance with hopes of playing for Anthony Daly’s Dublin.
He continued: "There was never any contact, never any calls or anything like that. It was just rumour mill I’m proud of my club Ballyhale and it’s where I was brought up.
“There are three villages, Knockmoylan, Ballyhale and Knocktopher, that make up the Shamrocks and I wouldn’t leave my own club."