Eddie Brennan’s Laois hurlers made a great start to their new campaign at the weekend with a three point win over Offaly in the Walsh Cup.
However, they have now been dealt a huge blow with the news that Ross King, captain for 2017 and 2018, has decided to step away from the panel ‘for the foreseeable future’.
Manager Brennan confirmed King’s departure to LaoisToday and the withdrawal of the Rathdowney-Errill man is a serious loss.
King received a serious facial injury in his side’s the county final defeat against Camross back in September.
And as the fallout from the incident escalated, King indicated in an interview with the Sunday Times that he may not hurl for Laois in 2019.
Speaking to Shane Keegan at the time, Ross said: “I’ve given everything for Laois for six years and now I’m getting no respect, no protection.
“I can’t imagine my life without hurling. It’s all I do, it’s all I want to do. I want to be up in the field practising frees and shots. I live it, I love it. It’s all I’ve wanted since I was young. But where do I go from here?
“I can’t picture myself having the hunger to run around a field in the middle of November. Usually I really like that side of training but I don’t have the hunger for it at the moment.
“I don’t have the hunger for anything hurling related at the moment and that’s all I can say right now.”
You can read the full interview in the paper or on the Times Ireland website.
However, King has now made the decision to walk away and it means that Laois will require a new captain for the first time in two years.