Eight-time Kilkenny All-Ireland winner Michael Kavanagh has become the latest member of Brian Cody’s squad to call time on his inter-country career.
The St Lachtain's clubman, who enjoyed a stellar career with the Cats, winning eight All-Ireland and 13 Leinster titles, follows in the footsteps of James Fitzpatrick and Eddie Brennan in hanging up him Kilkenny colours.
"It's never an easy decision, I suppose it's something that all players have to face up to. I thought about it over the last while and spoke to the people close to me and I'm happy with my decision," he said on RTÉ's Sport At 7.
"I've been involved for 14 years with Kilkenny and as I leave I know I gave everything to it while I was there.
"Things have changed since I joined (the Kilkenny panel) in '98, but the years just kept rolling by and they went very quickly. It was a great period for me to come in at, in '98 - we didn't realise the success we were going to have over the next decade."
Kavanagh admitted that with himself, Brennan and Fitzpatrick all stepping down, Kilkenny are undergoing somewhat of a transition.
"We saw last year the influx of new blood coming into the set-up - the likes of Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly.
"The thing has to evolve, the likes of myself and Eddie have been on the go for a long time and the thing can't last forever. We've had great days and got a great time out of it."