Tommy Griffin has announced that he has retired from the Kerry senior football team after twelve years in the green and gold.
The 33-year-old Dingle man, won five All-Ireland senior medals and had an excellent career for the Kingdom. He started out at midfield but was deployed as an emergency fullback in recent times. Griffin informed Kerry boss Jack O’Connor of his decision over the weekend, having failed to recover from ongoing injury.
Ankle and tendon problems forced the player to miss the entire 2011 season, as he was forced to watch as Kerry were beaten by Dublin in this year’s final.
“I had my mind more or less made up before I met with Jack (on Saturday),” he was quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.
“It’s the right time to hang up the boots. I don’t think my body will let me go on.”
As well as his five All-Ireland medals, Griffin also won four Munster titles, three National Leagues and an All-Ireland U21 medal.