Dublin footballer, Denis Bastick, has today announced his retirement from the inter-county scene.
Bastick, who began his journey with the dubs back in 2005, has had quite the run, making his first championship appearance in 2009.
During his 12-year term, the Templeogue Synge Street club man, coveted five Senior All Ireland Football titles, one Junior All Ireland, a staggering 11 Leinster Senior Football titles and four National Leagues.
In a statement published to Dublin GAA, the long-serving footballer thanked management teams past and present, family, friends and his club for their support.
Dublin Midfielder Denis Bastick has announced his retirement from the Dublin Senior Football Team. — From everyone here in Dublin GAA, and on behalf of all Dublin fans, we would like to thank Denis for his exemplary service to his county, and wish him the very best for the future. — Denis began his journey with the Dubs in 2005, and made his Senior championship debut for Dublin in 2009 against Meath. During his tenure he has won 5 Senior All-Ireland titles, 1 Junior All-Ireland title, 11 Leinster SFC titles & 4 National League titles. — You can read Denis' retirement statement in full on our website. #UpTheDubs #COYBIB
“There is no easy time to step away from something that has been a driving goal and the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. But I feel that now is the right time for me to retire from the Dublin senior football panel.”
“I do so with a heavy heart, but equally with an enormous sense of pride and satisfaction to have been a part of what has and continues to be a golden era for Dublin football.”
“Playing for Dublin is something I have never taken lightly. It has been both an honour and a privilege to wear a sky blue jersey, to run out onto a full Croke Park and to have been a part of Dublin county panels since 2005,” he added.
Concluding, the GAA star admitted the medals were not all he took away from the sport: “But of equal value to me are the friendships and the memories that I have amassed along this journey and these are things I will cherish.”
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