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Kelly back from the brink

Davy Fitzgerald appears to have averted a major crisis in Waterford hurling by persuading Eoin Kelly to remain a member of the squad, writes Colm keys.

Kelly trained with Waterford last night after a meeting with Fitzgerald earlier in the evening at which he signalled his intention to quit inter-county hurling.

The player is believed to have become disillusioned with the game in recent weeks and that feeling spiked after a club match at the weekend when he featured for Passage against his old club Mount Sion.

Rumours swept Waterford yesterday that Kelly was preparing to walk away, but his presence at training last night, confirmed to the Irish Independent by Waterford chairman Tom Cunningham, appears to have quelled all doubts.

Waterford sources said Fitzgerald was confident he could convince the prolific free-taker to stay.

Meanwhile, Cork captain Shane O'Neill is facing a race to be ready for their Munster quarter-final against Tipperary on May 29 due to a shoulder problem.

Irish Independent