Henry Shefflin: My deep sense of gratitude to those who have helped me in my career

SportBy Shuki Byrne
Retired: Henry Shefflin
Retired: Henry Shefflin

Henry Shefflin has released a statement thanking the various people who helped him in his long and successful career.

The Cats man announced he is retiring from hurling aged 36 following a glittering career.

His statement is as follows: 

"It is with a deep sense of gratitude and personal contentment that I am announcing today that I am bringing to an end my inter-county playing career with the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team.
"When I reflect back over the past 16 years playing the game that I love, at the highest level with Kilkenny, it is impossible to quantify the endless hours of happiness, satisfaction and fulfilment I have enjoyed. The various challenges I experienced along the way became opportunities for me to develop as a person both on and off the field of play.
I will always be eternally grateful to the numerous people who have encouraged and supported me in my pursuit of my sporting dreams.
To my wife Deirdre, my parents, brothers and sisters I owe a huge debt of gratitude. Only they really know the many sacrifices they have made on my behalf.
My club mentors in Ballyhale Shamrocks and my former teachers instilled in me not only a love of hurling but also the importance of developing the skills of the game.
Brian Cody has been part of my senior inter-county career from the beginning and I benefitted greatly from his guidance and support. I thank him and his management teams for the huge role they have played in the success I have enjoyed.
I am grateful to Ned Quinn and the Kilkenny County Board for their leadership and especially for all they have done for me over the years. I wish to thank the GPA for all they do on behalf of myself and inter-county players.
Sincere thanks also to my employer Bank of Ireland for facilitating me in every way possible during my career.
The support I have received from Kilkenny supporters and from the GAA family all over Ireland in good times and in challenging times has been a humbling experience and made me realise how lucky and privileged I am.
Hurling is and always will be part of who I am. I now look forward to continue to play with my club Ballyhale Shamrocks and supporting Kilkenny Hurling teams for many years to come.