Shefflin to call it a day?

John Knox

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Henry Shefflin celebrates a Shamrocks win. Pic by Dylan McIlwaine
Henry Shefflin, the biggest winner in the history of hurling, has called a press conference for tomorrow when he will make an announcement about his career.

Henry Shefflin, the biggest winner in the history of hurling, has called a press conference for tomorrow when he will make an announcement about his career.

The ‘will he or won’t he retire stories’ have been in the air since the announcement of the press conference was made by a Dublin based PR company in early afternoon.

”Henry Shefflin will be making a statement to media in Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12.00. Henry will be available for group media interviews directly afterwards,” was the short notice from the company.

This day last week Shefflin won his 15th senior All-Ireland medal when helping his beloved Ballyhale Shamrocks to victory over Kilmallock (Limerick) in the senior club championship final.

He won a record 10 inter-county senior medals, the last when Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the replayed All-Ireland final last September.

Shefflin was introduced as a sub in the 57th minute of the replay in place of the injured Richie Hogan.

He was sprung from the bench as the third sub in the drawn match (3-22 (K) to 1-28), but he failed to score in either game.

If Shefflin makes the big call and retires, that appearance in the replayed final would be his last in the Kilkenny colours in Croke Park. He was an ever present on the team from 2002 to 2009.

He ruptured a cruciate ligament in the final of 2007 (right knee), the year he was captain, but he was back in time for the start of the Leinster championship the following season.

In the 2007 final he was replaced at half-time when his clubmate Michael Fennelly was introduced in his place.

He picked up another cruciate injury in 2010 (left knee) in the semi-final against Cork. He somehow got himself fit and started the final against Tipperary before the knee gave way after 12 minutes and he was forced to leave the field.

Shefflin scored two points last week on his latest visit to Croke Park when he won his third club All-Ireland with Shamrocks.

Henry, who celebrated his 36th birthday on January 11, also won 12 Leinster senior championships; 11 All-Star awards; 6 NHL medals; 3 Hurler of the Year awards and five Kilkenny senior championships, among other things.

He has made 71 championship appearances with Kilkenny. His record was 59 wins, 8 losses and four draws.

He scored 27 goals and 484 points in the championship with Kilkenny.