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Ryan hangs up his Kilkenny colours

Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 21:48

PJ Ryan has stepped down from inter-county hurling
PJ Ryan has stepped down from inter-county hurling

Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan has become the latest member of Brian Cody's squad to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling.

Former All Star Ryan helped the Cats to seven All-Ireland titles since making his debut in 2002 but has decided to follow the likes of James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick and Eddie Brennan in stepping down from the inter-county scene.

"I leave with no regrets," Ryan told the Kilkenny People. "I arrived with nothing but hope, and I left with a pocketful of medals. I was blessed to be part of Kilkenny hurling during a golden era."

Ryan will be most remembered for a man of the match display against Tipperary in 2009 when his string of stunning saves helped the Cats to a 2-22 to 0-23 triumph.

Reflecting on that day, Ryan said: "I worked especially hard during the weeks leading up to that final.

"I spent so much time working in the hurling field in Johnstown and in the ball alley with my father that he was nearly ready to make a return to hurling."

It is believed that the 34-year-old Ryan will continue to turn out for his club side Fenians.