Offaly football star steps away from county panel

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Offaly football star steps away from county panel

Offaly football star steps away from county panel

Tullamore club man Johnny Moloney has stepped away from the Offaly Senior Football panel.

The Offaly boss Stephen Wallace confirmed that he doesn't think "he will be re-joining the panel for now" to the Offaly Express this week. 

Moloney did not travel with the Offaly team to their league clash with Fermanagh almost three weeks ago despite being named on the panel, and has not trained since then.

He was also omitted from the panel for the re-fixed game with Derry. Although he was named in the squad for the cancelled game against Derry, it is understood he had not travelled with the squad to Celtic Park on that occasion. 

"Of course I’m disappointed to lose anyone from the panel but the young lad has made his decision and I wish him well," Stephen Wallace told the Offaly Express.

"Maybe going back to play with the club for a while might be what he needs to get himself in the right place for intercounty football and if that’s the case my phone is always on," the Kerry native added.

"Johnny’s a good lad and I believe he wants to do himself and Offaly proud when he plays, but he has had a difficult run with injuries and other things over the last few months and maybe he needs to find his feet again at club level," Wallace concluded.

The Offaly manager will now have to plan without the Tullamore man as he prepares to name his team for Offaly's Division 3 league clash with Armagh this weekend. 

Offaly are coming off a run of three straight defeats and tackle a team that beat the county by 30 points last year, although the panel has changed considerably since that day.

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