Kilkenny stalwart John Tennyson has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling after a glittering career.
Since his introduction to the Kilkenny squad by Brian Cody in 2005, Tennyson has won six All-Ireland, six Leinster, five National Leagues and two Walsh Cups.
The 28 year old suffered a serious cruciate knee ligament knee injury in 2011 which kept him sidelined throughout that year.
Tennyson lost his place last year and had been struggling with a niggly hamstring injury this year.
“It’s disappointing but that’s the way it goes, I didn’t feel that I was in competition for a starting place,” he told GAA.ie.
“My time is up and it’s a good time to go, I’m hoping that I can free up more time to give to the club. I spoke with the management at the start of this week and told them, they wished me the best and I wished them the best.”
Tennyson, who also won two All Ireland under 21's, three Leinster Under 21's, two All Ireland Minor medals, two Leinster Minor medals and an All Ireland Colleges medal with St Kierans in 2003, will continue to play club hurling.
A statement from the Kilkenny County Board read: "John Tennyson has informed the Senior Management Team and the County Board of his decision to retire from Inter County Hurling.
"John will continue to play with his club Carrickshock and Kilkenny GAA would like to thank John for his outstanding contribution to Kilkenny hurling and wish him all the very best for the future."