Kilkenny's Ger Aylward has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling at the age of 28.

The two-time All-Ireland winner revealed his decision in a statement on Instagram, thanking family and friends "for the support over the last seven years".

"It was an honour to wear the black and amber. Time to call it a day," he added.

The Glenmore clubman, who also won three Leinster titles during his time with the Cats, made his senior debut during the 2013 National League, before winning the first of two All-Ireland medals in 2014 as part of the extended panel.

The All-Star winner added his second Liam McCarthy Cup triumph the following year as Kilkenny, starting and scoring two points in the final victory over Galway.

Aylward's retirment follows four-time All-Ireland winning defender Paul Murphy's decision to step away from Kilkenny inter-county duty.