Laois hit by Meredith blow
New Laois football manager Peter Creedon has been dealt a blow with the news that Conor Meredith will be unavailable for the 2017 season.
It has been confirmed that versatile O'Dempsey's clubman Meredith is leaving for New York on a graduate visa for 12 months.
The former AFL player quit the Laois squad in early 2015 to focus on his business studies degree at Dublin City University.
He returned later in the year and featured in all but one of the county's championship games, before playing a key role again in this year's campaign.
Creedon and his backroom team met with the Laois squad collectively for the first time on Tuesday evening and, bar Meredith, the entire 2016 panel has returned en masse.
Long-serving forward Ross Munnelly, who will be 34 next month, has committed to another season of inter-county fare, having made his senior championship debut against Wexford in 2003.
Meanwhile, Creedon has also confirmed the appointments of local men Gary Kavanagh (Stradbally) and Kieran Kehoe (O'Dempsey's) to his backroom team.
Kavanagh, son of county board chairman Gerry, will also take charge of the U-21 team.
Creedonwill combine both the U-21 and senior squads for training purposes.
He has also added strength and conditioning coach Noel Flynn to his backroom staff.