EXPERIENCED defender Ronan Fallon has quit Dublin’s senior hurling panel.
The St Vincent’s club man had grown increasingly frustrated by his failure to break into Anthony Daly’s championship line-up and informed the manager of his decision on Monday.
Daly introduced five substitutes in last Sunday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final victory against Laois at Nowlan Park but Fallon wasn’t one of them.
Three of the subs used by Daly were attack-minded but Fallon was still overlooked when defenders Tomas Brady and Óisin Gough were withdrawn in the closing minutes.
It has been confirmed by Dublin insiders that Daly and Fallon spoke by telephone on Monday and that there are no hard feelings between the pair. Fallon expressed his disappointment about not getting a run against Laois and he will not be involved in Dublin’s Leinster semi-final clash with All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on June 20.
The only change from the team that lined out against Limerick in the final round of the National Hurling League for the Laois championship outing was the return of Brady at full back, with Fallon the man to lose out.
Fallon had featured in challenge matches prior to the Laois game but had to settle for a place on the bench when Daly named his team for the Nowlan Park opener.
Fallon, who made his name as an impressive centre-back, was nominated for an All Star in 2008 but suffered a crushing blow in April 2009 when he sustained a broken metatarsal against Kilkenny in the National Hurling League.
The injury ruled Fallon out of Dublin’s entire Leinster championship campaign and while he returned to fitness for the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Limerick, he was an unused sub in Thurles on that occasion.
Fallon has since struggled to regain top form and that massive injury setback came at an unfortunate time for a player who was approaching the peak of his career.
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