Offaly hurler Brian Carroll has called time on his inter-county career with the Faithful County.
The Coolderry man has played for his county for the past 14 seasons, having captained the team in 2010 as well as reaching the Leinster hurling final in 2004, where his side were beaten by Wexford.
Carroll’s retirement was confirmed on the Official Offaly Twitter account and the player stated: “It is with both satisfaction and sadness that I announce my retirement from inter-county hurling.
“For the past 14 seasons I have been privileged to play for Offally and got to fulfil my boyhood dream of captaining my county in 2010, playing in a Leinster Final in Croke Park in 2004 and, probably most importantly for me, the general buzz of playing inter-county hurling with and against the best in the country.
Offaly GAA thanks @BrianCarroll13 for his outstanding service to Offaly Hurling and wish him all the best for the future— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) January 4, 2016
Carroll enjoyed plenty of success with his club, having won four county championships and one Leinster title, and will continue to play hurling for Coolderry.
"And although I have had little success during my inter-county career in terms of silverware, I am most grateful for the career I have had and leave the game with wonderful memories and know that I always strived to be the best and beat the best.
“While these have been lean years for Offaly supporters, we as players have always been grateful for the continued support you show to our teams.”