Tuesday 20 March 2018

Shock as Danny Sutcliffe set to pull out of Dublin's hurling squad

Dublin's Danny Sutcliffe
Dublin's Danny Sutcliffe

Michael Verney

Dublin's senior hurlers have been thrown into chaos with speculation mounting that 2013 All-Star Danny Sutcliffe is set to sensationally leave the panel ahead of the 2016 season, writes Michael Verney.

Despite travelling to Boston with the squad last month for the Fenway Hurling Classic, the Irish Independent understands that the St Jude's attacker withdrew his services from Ger Cunningham's squad over the weekend.

The reasons for Sutcliffe's departure are not yet clear but the 23-year-old, who is currently studying for a Masters in Finance at DCU, would be a huge loss to Cunningham.

Dublin shipped five goals to Galway in the Leinster SHC quarter-final replay and despite subsequent wins over Laois and Limerick, they fell to Waterford by five points in the All-Ireland quarter-final to end a disappointing season.

The absence of one of most exciting talents in the game would be a hammer blow with Cunningham set to meet his squad tonight to outline his plans for the coming year.

Meanwhile, the Ulster Council will request that the postponed Inter-provincial competitions are played this coming weekend.

Ulster were due to host the football competition at the weekend, before stormy weather forced Saturday's semi-finals between Munster v Leinster in Newry (4pm) and Ulster v Connacht in Armagh (7pm) to be called off.

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