Two-time All Ireland winner Anthony Maher has announced his retirement from inter-county football as he calls time on his Kerry career.
Maher has been a part of the Kerry setup for a decade and has won eight Munster medals and two league crowns, to accompany his two All-Ireland successes.
The 32-year old who won an All-Star with the Kingdom in 2015, released a statement, where he outlined that he was retiring with a “heavy heart” but that he had some tremendous memories in the green and gold.
“I’d firstly like to thank all my former team mates. While I am retiring from Kerry football with a heavy heart, I’m retiring with incredible memories. We’ve had highs and lows together but the bond developed throughout has been immeasurable.
“I look forward to watching and supporting as the current group continue to develop & grow, and return to glory once again.
“I’d also like to express my gratitude to all the management teams down throughout the years. Their commitment to the cause has always been second to none.
“I want to thank the Kerry supporters for always backing our team and I’m really looking forward to joining you in the stands in 2019.”
Former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice also praised Maher, congratulating him on his retirement and outlining that he was a key player when Fitzmaurice was the senior football manager.
“During my time in charge Anthony was a hugely important member of our group, being our midfield anchor for much of that time. His involvement in the recent past has been limited by debilitating injuries that he stubbornly defied to keep playing at the highest level. He was a leader in the dressing room often acting as a conduit to management.
“He was a complete midfielder, strong in the air, athletic, skilful, two footed and extremely hard working. He was exceptionally dedicated to his craft and worked tirelessly on his game.”
Kerry County Board Chairman Tim Murphy was also quick to congratulate Maher calling him “one of the best midfield exponents of the modern era.”
You can read the full statements from Maher, Fitzmaurice, and Murphy here.