Guiney in shock withdrawal from senior hurling squad
Published 15/02/2016 | 21:29
WEXFORD'S Jack Guiney has sensationally withdrawn from the senior hurling squad.
Guiney, looked upon as one of the sides marquee forwards, has had somewhat chequered career since his elevation to senior ranks, but all seemed rejuvenated when he returned to the hurling set-up this year, having missed out on all but one championship outing in 2015.
Last year the Rathnure clubman was dropped from the championship squad for disciplinary reasons, a decision that led to much debate within the county and outside, particularly as they were facing up to a provincial semi-final showdown with All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny.
In that single championship outing against Westmeath in Cusack Park, Guiney was withdrawn during the second half, but it was following a breach of discipline after that game that he was left out of the squad.
Looked upon as one of his sides most valuable assets, particularly in attack, where his physique and hurling ability is so crucial to his side against the leading defender, his decision to withdraw his services from the squad has come as a huge shock.
A Wexford County Board source has confirmed that Guiney has withdrawn from the squad.
'Jack Guiney withdrew from the squad late last week for personal reasons. We regret this but wish him the best for the future,' he added.
Given the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal, Guiney had earlier been named in the team at full-forward to face Limerick, but was subsequently withdrawn with a 'hamstring injury' been cited as the reasoning behind the decision.
But now it has clearly emerged that the Rathnure attacker no longer wishes to be part of the senior hurling set-up leaving the Wexford team management little time to get their head around this latest development, particularly given their daunting game away to Limerick on Saturday evening last, which they subsequently lost heavily despite a spirited second half, while they now face a rejuvenated Clare outfit in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday afternoon next.
It may be a significant development in Wexford hurling but the players are big and capable enough to respond with their own challenge. Admittedly Clare will be difficult but the Guiney factor could drive the players to level required to meet such challenges.
The only answer for Wexford and the players is to provide the type of challenge to Clare that will once again make it a proud day for the purple and gold.
It's an inexplicable decision by Guiney to withdraw but a decision that could still drive the players to a higher ground.