Former playing legend Stephen Ferris has hailed the retiring Andrew Trimble as having been a player of world class ability for both Ulster and Ireland.
Trimble, who is Ulster's most-capped player having made 229 appearances since his debut in September 2005, yesterday announced in a moving open letter that he is quitting the game at the close of this season.
"Trimby, when he was on form, was one of the best wingers in the world," said former team-mate Ferris.
"He was just brilliant for Ireland and Ulster over the years and was somebody who gave everything," Ferris added of Trimble who won 70 caps for Ireland.
The Coleraine native has been out of favour at Ulster since the turn of the year, having made only two appearances.
"There are young guys coming through and he probably feels that this is the right time," added Ferris.