Clare will be without another experienced player as they approach the 2018 hurling season.
News came out this Wednesday that 2013 All-Ireland winning captain Pat Donnellan has decided to retire from inter-county hurling.
The man who led the Banner back to hurling's pinnacle in 2013 hangs up his inter-county boots, all the best in the future Pat Donnellan pic.twitter.com/xk37JNa4FM
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The 32-year-old paid tribute to his wife and family on announcing the decision.
In a statement, he said:
“I wish to sincere thank everyone that has helped me and made sacrifices on my behalf to ensure that I could represent Clare to the best of my ability. To my wife Edel, my parents, my brothers and sister I will be forever grateful.
“I will always consider myself a privileged person to have been able to play for Clare and I hope that I did my utmost for the cause while playing. It is hard to express in words what it meant to me, my family and my club to captain a Clare team.
There have been other recent retirements in the Banner County as Donnellan follows the footsteps of Colin Ryan and Brendan Bugler – who also called it a day in the last week or so.
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Having made his debut way back in 2006, Donnellan is one of just three men to captain an All-Ireland winning side from the county.
“To be able to lift the Liam McCarthy on behalf of Clare and its people was a dream come true and I will always be thankful that I was considered worthy of the honour to be the representative of the Clare team by Davy Fitzgerald.
“Thank you to my club O’Callaghan’s Mills, to all of my former managers and coaches who instilled a love and respect for the game in me every day I took to the field.
“Thank you to Clare County Board, Club Clare Hurling Supporters and to all of the backroom staff who encouraged and supported me throughout my time with Clare. Thank you also to my employers and work colleagues in IAC for the wonderful support.”
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