Gearoid Ryan has retired from inter-county hurling after eight years on the Tipperary panel.

The 28-year-old forward was a starter on the Premier County team that denied Kilkenny five in a row in the 2010 All-Ireland final but found his playing time limited in this year's victorious campaign.

Persistent injuries, culminating in double hip-surgery in 2013, had hampered his fitness in recent seasons.

He becomes the third Tipperary player to call it a day since they reclaimed Liam MacCarthy after Conor O'Brien and Paddy Stapleton also hung up their boots.

“Having enjoyed 8 years on the Tipperary senior hurling panel since I first joined it in 2009, I have decided to announce my retirement," he said in a statement.

"In recent years injuries have limited my ability to compete for a first-15 place and that has been a major factor in my decision.

"It has been a great honour for me to represent my county at senior level. I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel, all of whom I admire greatly.  I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships during my time on the panel. 

"I want to thank all the players sincerely and I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who gave me the honour of representing my county and were always very supportive of me.

"I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes”

The Templederry Kenyons man won a minor All-Ireland title in 2006 before making his senior debut against Cork in the 2009 National League.

Ryan won five Munster SHC titles and was nominated for All Stars in 2010 and 2011.