Kilkenny star of the past decade Derek Lyng has brought the curtain down on his inter-county career.
"There is never an ideal time to do something like this, but the time is right for me now," admitted the 32-year-old. "I've had a great innings. I played with and against some of the greatest hurlers who ever lived and I picked up a few honours along the way."
The Emeralds (Urlingford) man joined the senior squad in 2001. He went on to win six senior All-Irelands, four National Leagues, four Railway Cups, nine Leinster championships and two All Star awards, in 2002 and 2003.
"Playing with Kilkenny always meant a huge amount to me," he added. "I always had massive pride in it and I never took anything for granted." Lyng confirmed that he will continue to play with the Emeralds.
Meanwhile, O'Loughlin Gaels manager Mick Nolan believes that the Leinster senior club hurling final should be put back until the New Year if it is postponed again next weekend.
Nolan insists that players deserve better playing conditions than the "sea of muck" that awaits them on a Sunday afternoon in November or December.
The Kilkenny champions and Wexford opponents Oulart-The Ballagh are anxiously waiting for the go-ahead for next weekend after last Sunday's original fixture was put back by a week.
But with more severe weather forecast for the coming days, it is probable that the Dr Cullen Park clash may be deferred again.
"They can't keep postponing it indefinitely week after week," Nolan said. "There has to be a decision one way or another, even if that's the first week in February."