Tuesday 6 December 2016

Guiney departure a blow to Wexford

Published 16/02/2016 | 02:30

A Wexford County Board source has confirmed that Jack Guiney has withdrawn from the squad. Photo: Sportsfile
A Wexford County Board source has confirmed that Jack Guiney has withdrawn from the squad. Photo: Sportsfile

Wexford's Jack Guiney has sensationally withdrawn from the county's senior hurling squad.

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Guiney, looked upon as one of the Model men's leading forwards, has had a roller-coaster 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, 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In that single Championship outing against Westmeath in Cusack Park, Guiney was withdrawn during the second half, but it was following a breach of discipline after that game that he was left out of the squad.

The sharpshooter's decision to withdraw his services from the squad has come as a huge shock and a Wexford County Board source has confirmed that Guiney has withdrawn from the squad.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.

Guiney had been named in the team at full-forward to face Limerick on Saturday night, but was subsequently withdrawn. At the time, a "hamstring injury" was cited as the reason behind his absence and management later insisted that he was still part of the squad.

Shane Tompkins was drafted in to take Guiney's place on Saturday night, but he and his team-mates could do little to prevent a 14-point loss at the Gaelic Grounds

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