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Joyce decision on hold until new year

There is renewed speculation about the future of Galway's Padraic Joyce, with suggestions that he more than likely won't be involved at inter-county level in 2013, writes colm keys.

Joyce has yet to make public a decision about his future and only recently admitted it would be January or February of next year before he confirms anything.

But the indications are that the best Galway footballer of modern times may have played his last game.

Joyce came back to the fold last February and made quite an impact off the bench in some of Galway's league and championship games. Even in defeat against Antrim in the qualifiers last July, he helped to instigate a late, but unsuccessful rally.

A number of Galway's established players may not be around either in 2013. Joe Bergin has already confirmed his retirement in recent weeks, while Diarmuid Blake is also said to have stepped away for 2013 at least. Blake has been more peripheral in the Galway side in recent seasons.

A serious injury to Kieran McGrath, corner-back this year, has placed his involvement in doubt after he broke both the tibia and fibia bones in his leg in a hurling match last week.

Damien Burke may also be ruled out for much of next year as he is due to undergo surgery for a problematic hip. But Michael Meehan looks set to continue, despite his ongoing ankle problems that almost derailed his career.

Irish Independent