Cork's All-Ireland football final hero retires

Cork's All-Ireland football final hero retires
Daniel Goulding, Cork, in action against Brendan Harrison, Mayo. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 1, Cork v Mayo. Páirc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture: Diarmuid Greene

Cork All-Ireland winner Daniel Goulding has announced his inter-county retirement.

The 30-year-old, who made his debut for the Rebels in 2006, says that growing demands of taking part in the inter-county set-up means that he is no longer enjoying it as much as he once did.

He was man-of-the-match in the All-Ireland final in 2010 as Cork beat Down to reclaim Sam Maguire for the first time in 20 years.

He also won an All Star award in 2009.

“It is the right decision for me at this point in time,” Goulding told The42.

“The demands of the inter-county game are massive and I’m not getting as much enjoyment out of it now as I did before.

“Over the last few years, the role of a forward has changed a lot. I was best suited to a corner-forward position and that role got more difficult to play in over the years. That was frustrating at times.

“If you’re not enjoying it and if you’re not 100% up for the challenge of putting it in for the full season, you’re better off not being there.”


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