Laois manager, Eddie Brennan, has received a major boost ahead of their Joe McDonagh campaign with the news that Ross King has returned to the senior panel.
The Rathdowney-Errill man stepped away from the inter-county panel at the end of last season and missed all of their 2019 Allianz League campaign. However, King returned to training on Sunday, according to Laois Today.
The 2017 and 2018 captain hit the headlines last year when he suffered a serious facial injury in his side’s county final defeat to Camross.
Darrell Dooley was subsequently handed a two-match ban as a result of the incident, but that decision was overturned while photos from the Camross celebrations appearing to mock his injuries also emerged on social media.
Speaking to the Sunday Times last October, the 25-year-old admitted that the incident had diminished his love for the game.
“I’ve hurled for Laois for six years and I love it, I absolutely love it. But the powers-that-be are making it hard for me to go back again and do something I love so much.
“I’ve given everything for Laois for six years and now I’m getting no respect, no protection. Then there’s guys on other teams who won’t go in and hurl for the county and they are getting away without bans.
“If you were in a job and you felt you were getting undermined while others who weren’t putting in the effort were getting rewarded then how would you feel going in to work every day?”
The news of his return will come as a timely boost for Laois as they prepare for their Joe McDonagh opener against Offaly following their relegation from the Leinster Championship last season.
Brennan’s side finished fourth in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League before falling to a 17-point defeat at the hands of Limerick in the quarter-final.