In a shock move last night, Henry Shefflin was confirmed as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

Shefflin guided Ballyhale Shamrocks to back-to-back All Ireland club titles, but the Galway job is his first in inter-county management, filling the position left vacant since Shane O'Neill departed in early September.

There were widespread rumours on Tuesday that Davy Fitzgerald would take up the reins with the Tribesmen, but Henry Shefflin has been chosen to lead Galway forward.

He's the most decorated player in the game with 10 All-Ireland SHC titles and 11 All-Stars.

Fellow Kilkenny native Richie O’Neill will join him as coach and the rest of his management team will be finalised in the coming weeks.

In a statement released by Galway GAA, Henry Shefflin said "managing the Galway senior hurlers presents a unique opportunity and we relish the exciting challenge ahead as we begin this journey”.

The Galway county board say the appointment of Henry Shefflin shows their ambition for the county's hurlers.