Kildare senior footballer, Ken Donnelly, has today (Thursday) announced his retirement from inter county football.
The 32-year-old battled back from a cruciate ligament injury that he sustained in 2010, missing the entire 2011 season, to play a part in this year’s O’Byrne Cup and the second round of the Allianz Football League against Monaghan, but has now decided that the wear and tear on his knee over the course of his ten year career with the Kildare seniors is not enabling him to play or train at the required level.
Donnelly considered retirement at the end of 2011 having missed the entire inter county season following his 2010 cruciate ligament injury and a subsequent cartilage operation, but having assisted his club Ellistown to reach the Intermediate Championship final, he decided to give Kildare one further year.
The Ellistown man met with Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney earlier this week and advised him of his decision to retire with immediate effect. Donnelly will continue to play with his club.
Donnelly made his championship debut for Kildare seniors in 2003 against Longford. He played a major role in the 2009 Leinster final against Dublin, scoring three points in the opening half and has been an member of Kieran McGeeney’s squad since he first took charge in 2008.