John Mullane is understood to have taken an indefinite break from inter-county hurling.
The reasons for the Waterford’s four-time All Star forward’s decision are unclear but he is set to take time out from the county fold for the foreseeable future.
The player had no comment to make when contacted yesterday.
Mullane did not feature alongside other established team-mates in the county’s Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final win over UCC on Sunday.
It has been suggested the De La Salle man could be unavailable for six weeks and miss Waterford’s first two Allianz Division 1 games but the time-span is as yet uncertain. Between club commitments, hiswedding and honeymoon, the 30-year-old, who picked up his third consecutive All Star last year, featured in just two league games in 2011.
This past weekend, Michael “Brick” Walsh was named as Waterford captain by manager Michael Ryan. The defender previously lead the team for spells in 2007 and ‘08. It’s not certain whether Mullane was seeking the captaincy but he had certainly put his name in the hat for the honour on the back of three stellar seasons for Waterford.
The speculation in the county was Mullane, who won two Munster club titles with Ryan as De La Salle manager, would get the nod.
Reacting to the decision to give Walsh the armband last Friday, Mullane’s former Waterford team-mate Brian Flannery tweeted: “John Mullane over looked again for Waterford captaincy!”
News of Mullane’s departure comes after Eoin Kelly was last month omitted from Waterford’s plans due to fitness concerns.
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