Laois hurler Willie Hyland has called it a day at 28

He cites persistent hip injuries as a key factor

Willie Hyland, Laois

Willie Hyland. ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Laois hurler Willie Hyland has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 28.

The Clough/Ballacolla club man has cited hip injuries as a reason why he is leaving the inter-county scene.

Hyland made his Laois debut back in 2006.

He has thanked the managers he has worked under and also wished incoming boss Eamonn Kelly well as he takes charge of the O'Moore county.

"I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling," he said in a statement.

"In recent years I've had issues with both my hips which has restricted my training and caused me discomfort after training and games - this is the main reason for my retirement. At inter-county level if you can't give 100 per cent then you're at nothing.

"It's been an honour to play for Laois and I've huge respect for all the men that I've worn the blue and white with over the years. I've made friendships that will last a life-time, not just in Laois but across the country.

"I would like to thank all the managers I have worked with, from Dinny Cahill, who gave me my debut in 2006, to Cheddar - who gave us days in a Laois jersey that many didn't think was possible.

"I would like to wish the incoming manager Eamonn Kelly and the 2017 panel the very best of luck and I look forward to supporting Laois in the years ahead."