"I was slow, I was never a David Clifford finisher" - Moran's modesty a genuine thing
Andy Moran is out, for the first time in 17 years, but he'll always have the eye-in.
He cares too much, just to forget about it. Was too invested just to leave it all behind now.
Playing with Mayo was his life and times and even though those days are gone, the Ballaghaderreen man looks forward to supporting his former teammates in the years to come.
He still cares.
And for everyone who cares about Mayo football, these are different times.
Moran is gone, others are pushing on. What the county needs now is for another forward to step up and take on the leadership role Moran has held for years, but the 2017 Footballer of the Year has some advice regarding this. Let it happen. Don't force it.
"I think we should pick the forward and build the team around his strengths. I think it's a mistake that's been made over the years that as I was getting older, people were trying to put forwards in for me. What I'd be suggesting is you play to their strengths - my strength was obviously winning the ball as close to the goal as I could and trying to set up play, play to their strengths," he insists on Thursday's GAA Hour.
"Tony was a straight shooter. It was simple, but it was one of the best bits of coaching I've ever got"
"I had to make runs either side of the posts, I loved that anyway..."
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And with typical Andy Moran modesty, he doesn't take himself too seriously. Runs down his own importance before stressing the positives that lie in store for Mayo.
"My game was really simple. It was just repeat ability of something that could do well. I wasn't going around, I was slow, I was a decent finisher, I was never a David Clifford finisher like that. Them guys, Darren, Cillian and James - let's work around their strengths and focus on something they can do well..."
"I was slow, I was never a David Clifford finisher like that..."
At times, you'd forget this is a former Footballer of the Year talking.
As for the retirement, the 35-year-old is glad not to have body fat scans to worry about. At the same time, club football is what's keeping him going.
"I don't have to think about doing a body fat or a dexa scan test in the next couple of weeks so there's part of it that have been very good!
"I was the one fella who always had to worry about them tests unfortunately! I remember going for my last one in May and I remember thinking this is the last one of these I'll ever have to do, so it was great..."
"There's perks to it. Of course you miss the lads, but the club keeps you going, I'll definitely play another year with the club..."
So, what's next? Moran has always been keen on the coaching and tactical side of the game.
"I suppose now, it's just about what to do next. There's been phone-calls and things like that. For the first time since 2002, I'm not really sure what's going to happen in January..."
"The one thing that always attracted me was the coaching side of it, but if you go straight back there, you're not really taking a break at all. I'd always be interested in the tactical side of it, the moves that are being made around the field, those kind of things. It's hard to know, but it's an option on the table alright..."
The man isn't finished yet. You wouldn't be surprised if he's back soon.
"I'll tell you what it did, it made me really enjoy this year. I'd never played in Killarney, I really enjoyed that..."
Andy Moran enjoys every minute of it.
You can watch the Moran interview and much more from Thursday's GAA Hour Show here.