Tipperary footballers have been dealt a huge blow with the news that ace attacker Michael Quinlivan will miss the entirety of the 2020 season.
The Clonmel Commercials club man is set to go travelling for a year meaning he will be unavailable to the Premier County as they seek promotion out of Division 3 in order to maintain their Tier-1 status ahead of next season’s championship changes.
If Tipperary fail in their quest to gain promotion, they still have an opportunity to avoid a Tier-2 championship by qualifying for the Munster final, something that is very plausible given that both Cork and Kerry are on the opposite side of the draw.
However, Tipperary’s chances of achieving this have now been dealt a huge blow as Quinlivan departs the country. Quinlivan has long been Tipperary’s go-to attacker in football. He was the lynchpin in a Tipperary minor side that caused a huge upset when defeating Dublin in the 2011 All-Ireland minor final, while he was also instrumental as the Premier County qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2016, a season that saw him walk away with an All-Star award.
New manager, David Power, was the man in charge of Tipperary during that 2011 minor success. The incoming boss confirmed to The Sun that he has accepted Quinlivan’s decision.
“Michael is going travelling, it is a thing that has been on his mind for a while now so he won’t be available to us next year.
“He’ll be a big loss obviously, but it’s something I had known about going for the job so you just have to get on with it.”