On Thursday, John Mullane called time on a 12-year Déise senior career that saw him win four Munster medals, an Allianz League title and gain All Star recognition.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the De La Salle clubman says that his decision is final, though he hasn't ruled out going into management at some point in the future.

Mullane explained: "I was training last year - doing hill work - and Eon Kelly, Eoin McGrath and myself decided it was our last season. We would see the year out and that would be it.

"The level of commitment required nowadays is huge, with work and family to be attended to as well."

Mullane categrorically denies not getting the Waterford captaincy as the reason why he has decided to call time now.

"Being offered the captaincy would have been great. But then you have to ask yourself - what is the captaincy? I have always gone into a dressing room and said what had to be said. I brought that same drive and singlemindedness onto the pitch with me. People know what I'm about."

When asked whether the longer days and the fiirmer summer sod would bring about a u-turn, the 32-year-old replied: "I’m a firm believer in when you’re gone, you’re gone! The next thing for me is to devote more of my energy to family life.

"As for management – It’s not something I’d rule out. Whatever dressing room I end up in in the future I feel I can bring a winning mentality with me."