Saturday 3 December 2016

Injury-plagued Tipperary star Gearoid Ryan announces his retirement from inter-county hurling

Published 23/11/2016 | 19:39

Gearoid Ryan in action against Kilkenny
Gearoid Ryan in action against Kilkenny

Tipperary midfielder Gearoid Ryan has announced his decision to call time on his inter-county career.

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Ryan's career has been blighted by injury in recent years and that was a big factor in his decision.

"Having enjoyed 8 years on the Tipperary senior hurling panel since I first joined it in 2009, I have decided to announce my retirement," the statement reads.

"In recent years injuries have limited my ability to compete for a first 15 place and that has been a major factor in my decision. It has been a great honour for me to represent my county at senior level.

"I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel all of whom I admire greatly. I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships during my time on the panel.

"I want to thank all the players sincerely and I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who gave me the honour of representing my county and were always very supportive of me.

"I am very grateful to Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Supporters Club for their unstinting support of the team. My club, Templederry Kenyons, have always given me tremendous support and I thank them sincerely for that.

"My eternal gratitude is due to Laura, my parents and family for their great loyalty and encouragement at all times.

"Finally, I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes."

He made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, scoring a point from play. Gearoid won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, lining out at midfield in the final.

Gearoid was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel in 2007 and 2008 Gearoid was part of the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster medal in 2008.

He made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Gearoid has won five Munster Senior Hurling medals.

Gearoid Ryan won the man of the match award in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final against Galway, scoring 1-2 from play.

Gearoid played wing-forward on the Tipperary team which captured the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling title, scoring a point in the final before winning his second All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal as part of the 2016 panel. He was nominated for an All-Star award in 2010 in the half-forward line and in 2011 at midfield.

News of Ryan's decision come just over 24 hours after Tipp defender Paddy Stapleton announced his decision to retire.

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