Tipperary’s Paddy Stapleton has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling after almost 10 years service for the Premier County.  

Stapleton, who has struggled for a starting spot in recent seasons, enjoyed his finest hour with the county in 2010 when he lined out at right corner-back in the All-Ireland final victory over Kilkenny.

The 31-year-old was also part of the All-Ireland winners’ panel in this season, but didn’t feature in Tipp’s Liam MacCarthy Cup campaign.

The Borris-Ileigh clubman made his senior debut against Waterford in  the 2006 Waterford Crystal Shield and earned his first Championship start against Cork in 2009.

Stapleton won four Munster SHC titles, a National Hurling League medal in 2008 and received All Star nominations in 2009, 2010 and 2014.

In a statement released today, he said:  “Following ten wonderful years playing senior hurling for Tipperary since first being called up by Babs Keating in 2006, which had until then been a lifelong dream, I wish to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.

“I wish to thank my family, especially my parents Patricia and John, for all the positivity and advice through the years and also to my partner Jozette and close friends for supporting me always, particularly when I had injury setbacks.”