Tuesday 20 March 2018

Big blow for Dublin as All Star hurler looks to be ruled out of 2017 championship

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Ger Cunningham is set to be without forward Danny Sutcliffe for the second straight championship, with the Dublin chairman confirming that the All Star hurler is set to go travelling in 2017.

Speaking to The Star, Sean Slaney said that Sutcliffe - who opted out of Cunningham's panel in 2016 due to study commitments - is unlikely to be available next season.

The wing forward played a key role when the Dubs won the Leinster title in 2013, picking up an All Star after an impressive campaign.

"Apparently Danny plans to travel abroad next year, just like Rory O'Carroll and Jack McCaffrey did this year," Slaney told the paper.

"So he'll be out of the country for a considerable part of the year and as a result he won't be in a position to make himself available for the county hurlers."

In his absence, Dublin were heavily beaten in the Leinster semi-final by Kilkenny before narrowly losing out in the first round of the qualifiers to Cork.

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