Updated: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 20:50 | Comments
Waterford hurler Tony Browne has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
The Mount Sion clubman quits the county scene with four Munster titles under his belt and one league title.
Browne made his league debut for Waterford in 1991 against Galway and went on to win three All-Stars for his performances in the white jersey.
The 1998 hurler of the year was a member of the Waterford side that reached the All-Ireland final in 2008 but lost out to a rampant Kilkenny.
Browne said: “(Retiring) is always a tough decision for any athlete but I know I have been blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the Waterford hurling teams over the past three decades.
“I have loved and embraced every moment wearing the Waterford jersey from my earliest days. However, I know the time is now right for me to bring the curtain down on my county career.
“I am so proud in knowing I have given my all to Waterford hurling. It is now time for others to enjoy and cherish the same honour and pride that I felt over the past 23 years representing Waterford.
“Throughout those years I had the honour of playing with and against some of the greatest players ever seen in the game. I would like to thank all of the past and present players for their wonderful support and friendship throughout my career.
“I would like to pay a special tribute to my club Mount Sion and my club colleagues for their support and guidance in helping me fulfil my potential as a hurler and as a person.
And Browne has a special mention for the Deise faithful, saying: “It goes without saying the Waterford supporters are amongst the greatest in the GAA. I personally want to thank you for everything all through the years. I will cherish those cheers and your support for all time.”