Staffordshire spinner Paul Byrne reveals his retirement plan

Paul Byrne has announced his retirement from Staffordshire duty.

Staffordshire spinner Paul Byrne is hoping for one final flourish after announcing his retirement from county duty.

The slow left-armer has revealed he will call time on his Staffordshire career at the end of the season – although it’s still not known when that will be.

Staffs wind up their NCCA Division One East programme against Suffolk at Checkley, starting on Sunday, but there is still an outside chance that the county could reach the Championship final next month.

It appears likely that this weekend’s clash will be Byrne’s final appearance for Staffordshire – and he admits it has been tough to make the decision.

However, Byrne and wife Sinead are preparing to welcome their second child in the autumn, while his base in Surrey means he has clocked up plenty of miles representing the county.

“I’ve played for 12 years in the first team and before that I was involved in age-group cricket since I was 10. So I’ve had 26 or 27 years playing for the county overall,” said Byrne.

“Everyone wants to play forever, but I just want to go out on a positive.

“We’ll soon have two kids under the age of two and then there’s the travelling to factor in as well.

“If I’m going to play for Staffordshire I want to be giving 100 per cent, you can’t do things half-hearted.”

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Pictured: Paul Byrne has announced his retirement from Staffordshire duty.