Friday 15 December 2017

Blow for Laois football as dual star Healy commits to hurlers

Laois football has been dealt a massive blow with the defection of Cahir Healy to the hurling squad.

The Irish Independent understands that Healy has informed the football management of his decision to exclusively pitch in with Seamus Plunkett's squad.

Healy was involved with the footballers as they swept to an eight-point win over Galway on Saturday to preserve their slim Division 2 promotion prospects.

then, on Monday, he lined out with the hurlers when they lost 2-18 to 2-15 to Westmeath in Division 2A.

Earlier this year Healy made a decision to commit to both squads with the co-operation of Plunkett and his football counterpart Justin McNulty.

Hurling is considered to be the Portlaoise man's first love, but he was one of Laois' stars in last year's football championship, shadowing Dublin's Bernard Brogan impressively in the All-Ireland quarter-final and his loss will be keenly felt.

In the past Healy has shown his commitment to both squads by commuting from England, where he was based as a teacher, to play on an almost weekly basis.

His move to the hurlers means that there are now just two dual players at the highest level – Wexford pair Lee Chin and Andrew Shore.

And even their future as part of both squads has been cast in doubt.

Earlier this year, Cork's Eoin Cadogan and Damien Cahalane opted for football ahead of hurling, while a number of promising Dublin footballers, including Ciaran Kilkenny, have also steered clear of dual status at senior level.

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