Wednesday 13 December 2017

Guiney opts out

Brendan Furlong

Jack Guiney, who withdrew from the Wexford Senior hurling squad late last week
Jack Guiney, who withdrew from the Wexford Senior hurling squad late last week

Jack Guiney has sensationally withdrawn from the county Senior hurling squad.

Guiney, looked upon as one of the side's marquee forwards, has had a somewhat chequered career since his elevation to Senior ranks, but all seemed in order 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 Wexford were facing up to a provincial semi-final showdown with the All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny, at the time.

In that one championship outing against Westmeath in Cusack Park, Guiney was withdrawn during the second-half, but it was following a breach of discipline after that game that he was left out of the squad.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 side's most valuable assets, particularly in attack, where his hurling ability is so crucial against the leading defenders, 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 left 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.

Guiney had earlier been named in the team at full-forward to face Limerick but was subsequently withdrawn, with a 'hamstring injury' being cited as the reasoning behind the decision.

But now it has emerged that the Rathnure attacker no longer wishes to be part of the Senior hurling squad, leaving the Wexford team management with little time to get their head around this latest development as they face a rejuvenated Clare outfit in Innovate Wexford Park on Sunday.

Manager Liam Dunne will have Diarmuid O'Keeffe available following his concussion, while Shane Tomkins, who received 48-hour intensive treatment on his calf problem to make him fit once Guiney became unavailable, will also be much improved.

The Oulart-The Ballagh duo, Shaun Murphy and Eoin Moore, who made quite an impact on their introduction against Limerick, will be available to start, but Paul Morris still remains a doubt with his hamstring problem which forced him off in the Walsh Cup final.

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