Injury curtails Richie Power's Cats career
KILKENNY’s eight time All-Ireland medallist Richie Power has been forced to quit the team due to injury.
Announcing his decision to retire, 30-year-old Power said: "Following the most recent surgery to my knee I must sadly today announce my retirement from inter county hurling.
"Disappointing though this decision is, I realise and appreciate the opportunity that I had to play alongside some of the greatest players ever to play the game of hurling and to be part of one of the greatest teams of all time all time managed by the greatest manager of all time, Brian Cody."
An All Star in 2010 and 2011, Power’s career has been plagued by injury in recent seasons. His only competitive appearance in the 2015 championship was as a second half substitute in the All-Ireland final win over Galway.
Following pre-Christmas surgery on his troublesome knee – the sixth operation he has undergone – is it believed that his medical team advised him to quit the Kilkenny squad, while there are also doubts as to whether he will hurl again with his club Carrickshock.
Son of former All-Ireland medallist Richie Power, Richie junior had a distinguished career winning eight All-Ireland senior medals as well as two All-Ireland minor championships and two All-Ireland Colleges medals.
"It has been a truly wonderful journey and while I wouldn't choose for it to end like this, I will forever cherish the memories of my time wearing the Black & Amber and I wish continued success to all who play for Kilkenny in the year and the years ahead," Power added.
Fellow teammate Kieran Joyce, among other sports stars, took to Twitter to show their appreciation for the Kilkenny legend.
Best of luck @power_richie on retirement 👍. Not many men had his skill and hurling brain. Was a leader and gent and he will be missed.— Kieran Joyce (@joycek87) January 19, 2016
Best of luck to @power_richie in retirement super hurler and gent off the pitch— bubbles o dwyer (@johnodwyer14) January 19, 2016
What a hurler Richie Power was for Kilkenny!! Enjoy the retirement🐯 @power_richie— mikey drennan (@mikeydrennan) January 19, 2016