The 33-year old will decide in the coming weeks whether he will embark on a 16th season at inter-county level.
The former All Star did not link up with John Brudair’s squad before Christmas and the manager confirmed yesterday the Croom man has extended his leave from the panel, representing a significant blow to Limerick’s league hopes.
“John has taken further time out to consider his future,” Brudair revealed.
“He will miss the opening rounds of the national league and he is to let us know then on what he is doing.
“Jim O’Donovan and Stephen Lavin are also taking time out to consider their futures. They will also let us know in the coming weeks. Stephen Lucey is on holidays but once he returns he will link back in with the squad.”
Limerick travel to Sligo this weekend for their Division 3 opener and Brudair is adamant that league preparations were in no way hindered by their McGrath Cup withdrawal.
“We had a series of good challenges against Clare, Waterford, Dr Crokes, UL, Cork IT and IT Tralee. We certainly weren’t short of action. The black card rule was applied in each game and so all the lads are fairly well briefed on it. This January worked out pretty much the same as if we had been in the McGrath Cup, given the number of games we played.
“We have a tough test against Sligo this weekend. Their record at home is excellent. We are back up in Division 3 for the first time in years and we want to ensure we are there next year. If a chance comes along we get ourselves into a promotion spot, or within sight of one, we will do our best to grab it.”