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Tributes pour in for Michael 'Brick' Walsh who's expected to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling

Tributes are being paid to Michael 'Brick' Walsh who is expected to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling.

There has been no confirmation as to when that announcement will take place but he is making no comment on the issue at the moment.

The 36-year-old played in All-Ireland finals in 2008 and 2017 and collected three Munster titles and one National Hurling League winner's medal in his time with the Deise.

Walsh also represented Waterford's footballers before joining the hurling panel in 2003.

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One of his former managers, Derek McGrath, told Damien Tiernan on Deise Today that Michael was exceptional both on and off the field:

"Obviously an incredible athlete, an incredible warrior, a spirit if you like. Something that's intangibleย almost to people, what he brings to it. He brought an energy, he brought a dynamic; I think you have to see it first hand. He also brought a crucial ingredient, he brought the whole idea of perseverance. Such a warrior but he's such a really, really good person as well in terms of how he lives his life. "

Another former manager, Davy Fitzgerald, said Brick had the whole package:

"We managed to get to an All-Ireland and Brick was a big part of that but from then on we decided to maybe give Brick a go at centre back, to me it was a great decision. You have a player with vision, a player with heart, he had the whole package to be honest with you; he was relentless, he's a winner. I was delighted to manage someone like Brick."

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