Kilkenny goalkeeper PJ Ryan has become second player in a week from Brian Cody’s 2011 All Ireland winning squad to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling.
Following on from Eddie Brennan’s announcement last week that he was stepping down from the Inter-County scene, former All Star Ryan has now decided to follow suit.
The 34 year old made his debut in 2002 and helped Kilkenny to seven All-Ireland titles however he has now decided the time is right. As well as losing Brennan and Ryan Kilkenny have also lost the services of James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick who stepped down from the panel in late 2011.
Speaking to the Kilkenny People, Ryan said “I leave with no regrets,”
“I arrived with nothing but hope and I left with a pocketful of medals. I was blessed to be part of Kilkenny hurling during a golden era.”
Ryan’s legacy will be his match winning performance in the 2009 All Ireland win over will Tipperary in 2009 when his string of stunning saves helped the Cats to a 2-22 to 0-23 triumph.
Reflecting on that day, Ryan said: “I worked especially hard during the weeks leading up to that final.
“I spent so much time working in the hurling field in Johnstown and in the ball alley with my father that he was nearly ready to make a return to hurling.”
It is believed that Ryan will continue to turn out for his club side Fenians.