Hogan happy with retirement decision

May 30, 2024

Kilkenny's Richie Hogan. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Richie Hogan has no regrets about retiring from inter-county hurling at the end of last season, saying his body couldn’t take it any more.

The seven-time All-Ireland SHC winner had battled injury for a few years before deciding enough was enough last September.

“I'd love to be playing, but when I think about playing, I'm actually looking back, I'm not looking at what is going on now, I had a couple of years where I was doing absolutely everything to play, everything I possibly could,” he told gaa.ie at the launch of the 2024 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Championships.

“I ran out of juice a couple of years ago, but still tried to get as much as I possibly could out of it. In that sense, I think if I had packed it in at 32 when the body was breaking down, I'd have missed it a lot more. For now, I'm fairly content, I couldn't play inter-county hurling now.

“Even at club level, I train, it is enough for club level. The thoughts of getting to inter-county level, the level these guys are currently at is a million miles from where I am.

“That is what I look at. We'd all love to be out playing on the pitch, everybody would. I'm mature enough to know what it takes, and I don't have what it takes, that is for sure.”

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