Kelly calls it a day for Cork

Kelly calls it a day for Cork
Patrick Kelly, Cork, in action against Killian Young, Kerry, in the 2015 Munster final replay. Picture: Brendan Moran/SPORTSFILE

CORK playmaker Patrick Kelly has retired from the inter-county scene at the age of 31.

Kelly struggled with injuries in recent years and has pulled on the Rebel geansaí for the last time, though he will continue to play for Ballincollig, as vice-captain this year.

The gifted kick-passer was an All-Ireland winner in 2010, having come through the Cork minor and U21 ranks, and follows Daniel Goulding and Fintan Goold's lead in opting out for 2017.

Kelly's decision was flagged up last November, though he only confirmed it officially to Cork boss Peadar Healy this week. The primary school teacher in Cloghroe NS signs off with a senior All-Ireland, three Division 1 leagues, a Division 2 league, three senior Munster and three Munster U21 medals.

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