Shane Delahunt has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the season.
The 29-year old joined Connacht on a trial basis in the summer of 2014, having played at underage level with Leinster and the Ireland U20s. He signed his first pro contract two year later, and over the course of his career has made 125 appearances for the province.
Shane Delahunt has released the following statement:
“The last nine years at Connacht have been incredible for me and my family, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. After being here so long there will be too many people to thank, but there are a few special people I’d like to say thank you to now.
Firstly, I’d like to thank Nigel Carolan and Jimmy Duffy for the opportunity they allowed me all those years ago. I’ll be forever grateful.
I’d also like to thank Dave Hanly and Barry O’Brien for the incredibly hard work they’ve put in with me over the last year to get me back from injury.
Lastly, to my wife to be Laura, parents and brother along with my skills coach and great friend Jeff Carter. You have all been with me from the start and I’m hugely grateful for the sacrifices you have given, to allow me to chase what I love.
To all the fans and supporters of the province, you are incredible people and I thank you for all for your support over the years. It never wavered, no matter the conditions.
Unfortunately I'd love to be playing on with this brilliant group of lads and for this massive club but that's not to be. That said, I want to wish the players and the people of Connacht every success in the years ahead.”
Everyone at Connacht would like to thank Shane for his huge contribution to the club down the years, and wishes him every success in the future.