Corbett withdraws from Tipperary squad

2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett last night informed Tipperary senior hurling manager Declan Ryan that he is calling time on his inter-county involvement, citing 'work and business commitments'.

The 30-year-old Thurles Sarsfields clubman met with Ryan in person tonight to inform him of his decision, and it is understood that he also circulated a text message among squad members.

A statement from the Tipperary County Board read: "The Tipperary senior hurling management regrets that Lar Corbett has informed us of his withdrawal from the Tipperary senior hurling panel due to work and business commitments.

"Lar's importance and value to the Tipperary senior hurling team is immeasurable and the door will remain open to him for a return to the panel if those work pressures ease."

Corbett was only present with the Premier County hurlers for a handful of training sessions this year.

Although he was named in the Munster squad to face Tipperary in a recent challenge game in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland, Corbett failed to feature in the match.

While he is to forego lining out in the blue and gold in 2012, it is believed that he will continue to line out for his club Thurles Sarsfields.

Ryan has also left the door open for Corbett should he wish to return to the squad. The withdrawal of the lynchin forward comes shortly after Ryan axed seven players from an extended squad.

He is the second player to retire from last year's Tipp panel, following in the footsteps of fellow 2010 All-Ireland medallist Benny Dunne.

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