Thursday 19 October 2017

Dubs setback as O'Carroll to miss 2016 season

Dublin's Rory O'Carroll is set to miss the 2016 season Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Rory O'Carroll is set to miss the 2016 season Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Dublin's attempt to retain the Sam Maguire has been dealt a significant blow with the news that key defender Rory O'Carroll is set to miss the 2016 season.

The Kilmacud Crokes defender informed Dublin management of his decision to move abroad for the coming season in recent weeks with Jim Gavin confirming the news after yesterday's O'Byrne Cup draw with Wexford in Enniscorthy.

"Rory has decided to move away during the 2016 season, " Gavin said.

"He's moving to New Zealand, so he won't be a part of us, a part of the Dublin squad for the 2016 season.

"But we wish him the very best. We've always said to players that it's important to get a life balance, between family, their profession and their sport, which is GAA.

"We'll miss him, but we certainly wish him the best. He goes with the sun on his back, and we look forward to the day when Rory puts on a county jersey - and a jersey with his club, Kilmacud Crokes, they'll certainly miss him as well."

O'Carroll has won three All-Ireland medals at full-back.

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