Dublin’s Alan McCrabbe
Alan McCrabbe has withdrawn from the Dublin hurling panel for a second time in three seasons.
The 2009 All Star midfielder has opted out due to work and family commitments, having cited similar reasons for his withdrawal in 2013. The 28-year-old returned to the fold last year and was a regular starter for the Dubs in the league and championship.
Dublin selector Gearoid O Riain admitted in the Irish Daily Mirror that McCrabbe’s decision is an early setback for new manager Ger Cunningham.
“Obviously it’s very disappointing and a major blow to lose a player of Alan’s calibre.
“But we fully understand and respect Alan’s reason for opting out of the panel for this year. Being an inter-county player involves a very heavy commitment for lads in terms of time and the onerous demands that are placed on them, and Alan just decided that he couldn’t continue in that vein for any longer.”
While former captain Stephen Hiney has retired and Cuala pair Oisin Gough and Simon Tymlin have also left the panel, highly-rated goalkeeper Gary Maguire is back on board after missing last year’s championship with a broken bone in his hand.