ANOTHER Kerry player has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Goalkeeper Brian Kelly has confirmed his decision just days after his Killarney Legion team-mate, Jonathan Lyne, revealed that he too was hanging up his green and gold jersey.
Brian, who also represented his county at minor and under 21 level and won a senior All-Ireland medal in 2014, made his national league debut against Mayo in 2012 and his championship debut against Clare in 2014. He has been a valuable squad member in recent seasons but he lost his place in the starting line-up to Rathmore’s Shane Ryan.
In a statement today he said the time was right for him to step away from inter-county football and he told of his lifelong love for the game.
“As a teenager growing up in Killarney I sold match programmes on Munster final days and dreamed of one day climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift Sam Maguire.
“Thankfully I have lived out my dream and I am proud to have played my small part in the Kerry GAA history books,” he said.
Kelly said his success would not have been possible without the support, guidance and encouragement he received from teammates, family, friends, girlfriend, his club and his employer O’Carroll Engineering, Killarney.
He also thanked the Kerry fans for their unwavering support and he said he looks forward to cheering on the team with them in 2021.
Kerry County Board Chairman, Tim Murphy, said Brian Kelly was one of Kerry’s best Goalkeeping exponents of the modern era and an integral part of the last senior team from the county to win an All-Ireland in 2014.
“Over recent years Brian has provided great leadership for his team mates and helped to successfully integrate the many new players onto the panel. On behalf of all Kerry people at home and abroad I wish Brian all the very best in the future,” Murphy said.
The Life of Brian
1 All Ireland Senior Football Championship medal
2 National Football Leagues Division 1 medals
7 Munster Senior Football Championship medals
2 McGrath Cup medals
1 Munster Minor Football Championship medal
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