Updated: Waterford hurlers dealt blow ahead of championship

Tom Devine won't be available for selection

Updated: Waterford hurlers dealt blow ahead of championship

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Waterford hurler Tom Devine is withdrawing from the senior panel to go travelling this summer. 

Devine informed management of his decision last Monday and will therefore be unavailable for their upcoming games in the championship.

The player released the following statement:

"On Monday last I informed Derek and  Dan of my decision to travel for the summer coming 2017.

With college and career demands looming large in the next year or two, this is essentially my last chance to travel for a summer. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but have been putting off for a few years now, and this year I simply can’t pass the opportunity to travel. 

The decision was not an easy one to make on my behalf. It has been an amazing experience for me to have been involved with such a professional, yet close-knit and supportive set up over the last 4 years. 

I’d like to personally thank the players, backroom team and especially Derek and Dan for everything they’ve done. The work put in by everyone involved is staggering and not always appreciated by those outside of the panel and backroom team.

Derek and Dan have always had a holistic attitude towards both life and sport and have always wanted the best for us players in all aspects of life. I’m glad to be leaving with their blessing, and it’s been both a pleasure and an honour to have been involved with men of their calibre."

Devine, who is a medical student, has impressed during the league in which Waterford progressed as far as the quarter-final. They were narrowly defeated by Galway last weekend.

The Deise face either Tipperary or Cork in the Munster semi-final later this summer, where Waterford will be without Devine's attacking presence.