Blow for Lilywhites with loss of White

Kieran McGeeney will have to plan without a midfielder for the coming year.

Departure: Kildare's Gary White
Departure: Kildare's Gary White
Image: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

ANOTHER LEADING GAA player has been forced to leave his inter-county panel due to work commitments with the Defence Forces.

Cork football goalkeeper Alan Quirke departed for the Lebanon last November and is based in the Middle Eastern country until April.

Then in January it was confirmed that last year’s Waterford hurling captain Stephen Molumphy would miss his county’s 2013 campaign due to Army duty.

And today it has emerged that Gary White has had to withdraw from the Kildare panel as he is departing on a six-month tour of duty to the Lebanon in May.

The Kildare Nationalist has reported that White, a Lieutenant with the Irish Defence Forces in the Transport Corps in Dublin, has been forced to leave Kieran McGeeney’s squad.

White has featured already this year on Kildare’s O’Byrne Cup winning team at midfield while he lined out in the county’s opening two league victories earlier this month against Donegal and Cork. His absence is also a major blow to his club Sarsfields who won last year’s county senior title.

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Kildare’s next league tie in Division 1 is at home to Kerry in St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge on March 3rd.

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