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Tipperary's Brendan Cummins announces retirement from hurling

Updated: Friday, 18 Oct 2013 09:27 | Comments

Brendan Cummins rises high to catch the sliotar in a Championship match against Cork in 2012 Brendan Cummins is the most capped player in Championship history
Brendan Cummins rises high to catch the sliotar in a Championship match against Cork in 2012 Brendan Cummins is the most capped player in Championship history

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Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins has annoounced his retirement from inter-county hurling after a 20-year career.

During that time the Ballybacon-Grange club man won every honour in the game, including two All-Ireland medals and five All Star Awards.

In addition, he won five Munster hurling medals, three National League titles, and also has three All-Ireland runner-up medals.

He also holds the very unique honour of being the most capped player in the history of the Championship courtesy of a career that lasted from 1995 to 2013.

While being renowned for his hurling skills, he also played football for Tipperary from 1993 to 2002.

"I'm around a long time, I think it's time somebody else got a shot at it" - Brendan Cummins

Speaking exclusively to RTÉ's Marty Morrissey, Cummins said: "The time is right for me to retire from inter-county hurling.

"Family, l suppose, has been the big reason, Paul and Sarah now are new arrivals, she's a year old at the end of the month.

"So, obviously I want to spend more time with them.

"And obviously from a Tipperary hurling point of view. I'm around a long time, I think it's time somebody else got a shot at it."

Speaking about whether he will now start out on the path to management, he said: "I think I would have an awful lot to offer.

"I do have to get certain skills back up in line from a coaching point of view and all that.

"I'm definitely not the complete package even though I've had nine or ten different managers and [seen] how their styles have been.

"So, I do have an awful lot of work to do on myself from that side."

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