May 15, 2007

Ireland

Mooney explains his withdrawal

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Mooney, the Ireland allrounder, has explained his recent withdrawal from the international scene. Mooney's just 25, but he's keen to get his electrical apprenticeship sorted.

He has played 38 times for Ireland, including World Cup appearances against Australia and West Indies in the Caribbean.

"I've been working for Stuart Costello of Stuart Costello Electrical for the past four years. His support for me during that time has been nothing short of exceptional, and has enabled me to play a part in Ireland's great success during that period.

"I've decided now that it's time for me to get my career sorted, and finish my electrical apprenticeship. If I don't do it now, I've a feeling it will drift and never get completed. I'd like to stress that this is my personal decision, and that Stuart would have been happy for me to continue my involvement with the international team.

"I'm committed to getting the apprenticeship finished as quickly as possible, and then I will look forward to resuming my Ireland career, and wearing the green jersey with pride."

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