Eamonn Kelly has stepped down as Laois hurling manager after two years at the helm.

The Tipperary native signed off with a 3-23 to 0-14 Joe McDonagh Cup defeat of Meath on Saturday but Laois failed to progress to the final, finishing fourth in the table with two wins and three defeats.

Last year they progressed to the Leinster SHC quarters where they were beaten by Wexford.

"I have decided not to seek another term as Laois hurling manager," Kelly said in a statement.

"I have enjoyed the last two years and made many friends. I am disappointed not to have built on the progress we made last year and I wish Laois every success going forward.

"I want to thank my management team of Owen Coss, Davy Hogan and Conor Gleeson and the players for their effort and dedication, and also my backroom team, all of whom have given everything for the cause of Laois hurling.

"Finally, I want to thank Laois County Board. I have at all times found them up-front, honest and supportive in every way".