Cha calls it a day

Kilkenny star, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. The Ballyhale Shamrocks midfielder cum attacker will take time out to do some travelling next year, and as he won’t be around during the summer months he has decided to quit.

Kilkenny star, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. The Ballyhale Shamrocks midfielder cum attacker will take time out to do some travelling next year, and as he won’t be around during the summer months he has decided to quit.

Fitzpatrick told Brian Cody about his plans yesterday, knowning that the the manager was assembling a new panel for 2011.

“I haven’t been able to nail down a place on the team for a while, and as I don’t think I am getting any faster, it is time to go,” he said in part explanation of what was a shock decision.

‘Cha’ was hugely popular among Kilkenny fans, and his decision to quit at the age of 26 will come as a huge surprise. Fitzpatrick is one of the most decorated players in the game, having won five senior All-Irelands, three National Leagues and three All-Star awards.

He was the Young Hurler of the Year in 2006.