Shock and disbelief abounded throughout Waterford and the wider hurling world after fourtime All Star winner John Mullane announced he was taking ‘an indefinite break’ from the county panel.

The 31-year-old De La Salle clubman revealed his decision within hours of Tipperary star’s Lar Corbett retirement from inter-county hurling, a massive PR owngoal for the game ahead of the new League season.