The Dublin hurlers have received a major blow before a ball has been thrown in for the 2017 season. Ger Cunningham will once again have to plan without one of his best players for the year ahead. As announced by Oisin Langan this morning on Newstalk Breakfast, Danny Sutcliffe will take another year out from intercounty hurling, this time for travelling.
— Oisin Langan (@oisinlangan) October 12, 2016
The 24 year-old is regarded as one of the best hurlers in the capital, helping the Boys in Blue to a Leinster title in 2013, and winning an All-Star award the same year.
Sutcliffe left the panel before the 2016 season in order to concentrate on his studies, but remained involved in the sport; playing with his club St Judes, doing television punditry, and was part of the u21 county backroom team.
This morning it has been announced that he will be travelling next year, and cannot commit to Cunningham’s squad.
This is certainly a blow to Dublin’s attack, and it will be up to the likes of Mark Schutte, Eamon Dillon, Paul Ryan and David Treacy to lead the line for the coming year.
However, the Leinster u21 title-winning team will be breaking through to senior, with the likes of Sean Treacy and Chris Bennett likely to feature strongly.