O'Neill quits role with Tipp hurling squad
CIAN O'Neill has stepped down as physical trainer to the Tipperary senior hurling squad.
O'Neill, a former footballer with Moorefield in Kildare, has severed his ties with the Premier County after four seasons.
A lecturer in PE and sports science at University of Limerick, O'Neill was recruited by former Tipp manager Liam Sheedy when he took over as boss from Babs Keating in 2007.
The Kildare man, who has also worked with Limerick's senior footballers, was credited with playing a major role in Tipp's journey to All-Ireland glory in 2010.
Despite Sheedy's departure, O'Neill remained on board for the 2011 campaign but has now decided to leave in the wake of the All-Ireland final defeat against Kilkenny on September 4.
Meanwhile, veteran Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan (34) has not ruled out the possibility of lining out with their hurlers again next year -- despite not playing even a minute of championship action in this year's winning campaign.
"I certainly am not rushing into making any decision about retiring," he said. "I'll wait until later in the year and I'll then decide whether I still have the hunger and appetite to give it another go with Kilkenny."