Wednesday 18 July 2018

Blow for Waterford as key defender opts out of panel ahead of 2018 championship

8 January 2017; Kieran Bennett of Waterford gets past Seán Tobin of Limerick during the Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League First Round match between Waterford and Limerick at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
8 January 2017; Kieran Bennett of Waterford gets past Seán Tobin of Limerick during the Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior Hurling League First Round match between Waterford and Limerick at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Derek McGrath will have to plan for this summer's championship without defender Kieran Bennett after the defender decided against making himself available for selection.

Bennett, who started last year's All-Ireland final against Galway, has opted to go travelling this summer, which rules him out of the Munster hurling championship, which gets underway later this month.

Bennett scored a goal against the Tribesmen in last September's decider but couldn't prevent a defeat for his side, and now McGrath will have to try and go one better without one of his defenders.

"During the Easter holidays I told Derek of my decision to travel for the summer," Bennett said in a statement released through the Waterford county board.

"Having finished my fourth year of college in LIT, I feel this summer is my best opportunity to travel before seeking full-time employment.

"The Waterford management have always encouraged us to be the best we can be in all aspects of life and although disappointed with my decision, spoke to me about the importance of living and wished me well."

Bennett's younger brothers Stephen and Shane also represent the Deise, although the latter has currently stepped away from the panel also.

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