Hanley confirms retirement

December 23, 2017

Galway's Finian Hanley with his daughter Freya after the 2016 Connacht SFC final replay against Roscommon

Former Galway captain Finian Hanley confirmed his retirement yesterday, bringing down the curtain on his 15-year inter-county career.

The Salthill-Knocknacarra clubman won three Connacht SFC titles with the Tribesmen - the first of which came in 2005 when he played a pivotal role in his county's All-Ireland U21 victory alongside Michael Meehan, who called time on his Galway career earlier in the week.

Hanley also won All-Ireland club honours in 2006 and vice-captained Ireland in the International Rules series against Australia four years later.

The full-back missed this past season's championship with a ruptured cruciate he suffered in training back in April.

In a statement released yesterday through the Gaelic Players Association, Hanley said: "Inter-county football has been an integral part of my life for the past 15 years. Today I am announcing that I am bringing my inter county career to a close.

"I would like to sincerely thank my family, especially my parents, my wife Pauline and daughter Freya for allowing me the opportunity to play football for Galway.

"I would also like to acknowledge my club, Salthill Knocknacarra. None of the opportunities that I have had would of been possible without my club mates and all involved.

"To all the players, managers, coaches, mentors and delegates I have played with and for, I am grateful for all their effort and help throughout my career.

"I would like to acknowledge the GAA community for the help and encouragement received during tougher times for me and my family.

"Finally, I would like to thank all the Galway supporters at home and abroad for their valued support throughout the years. I wish Galway football the best going forward."

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