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Dissatisfied Shanahan calls time

Waterford's Dan Shanahan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling with a claim that he didn't get a fair crack of the whip from manager Davy Fitzgerald this year.

The 33-year-old former Hurler of the Year spent most of the season on the bench, making his last substitute appearance in the all-Ireland semi-final defeat to Tipperary last Sunday.

"I thought I would get a lot more (playing time) but that is not my decision. The lads would back this up. When I went back training I had been playing well, but obviously the management didn't think I was, so that is their decision and I will have to stand by that," he said.

Shanahan won four Munster medals, a National Hurling title and three All-Stars during his 15-year career, but never managed to capture an All-Ireland medal.

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