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Top Laois hurler calls time on county career

The Laois senior hurlers have been dealt a major blow ahead of the 2017 season with the news that top forward Willie Hyland has announced his retirement from intercounty hurling.

Hyland – who is only 28 but has played with the Laois seniors since 2006 – announced his decision via a GPA statement and cited persistent hip injuries as the main reason for his decision.

The 2011 Laois hurler of the year made the O’Moore’s senior team while still a teenager and was handed a Championship debut by Dinny Cahill against Galway in 2006.

He was part of the Division 2 League winning team in 2007 and the 2013 side that won Division 2A.

Hyland went on to captain his county in 2012 and represented Leinster in the Railway Cup and Ireland in the Shinty/Hurling Series against Scotland.

He was also nominated for a place on the Fitzgibbon Cup team of the century in 2012 after a series of impressive performances with LIT. He is set to continue hurling with his club Clough-Ballacolla with whom he has won three Laois Senior Hurling Championship titles.

“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,” he said.

“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 (Plunkett) – 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.”

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