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Offaly Forward Stepped Away After Feeling 'Isolated And Unwelcome'

Offaly Forward Stepped Away After Feeling 'Isolated And Unwelcome'
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Last week, Offaly forward Nigel Dunne opted out of the county's football panel.

Manager John Maughan, who was installed in August as the long-term successor to Stephen Wallace, subsequently told Midlands 103 following Saturday evening's defeat to Down that he was "surprised and shocked" to receive a text message from Dunne informing him that he would be stepping away from the panel.

Dunne had featured for Offaly in their opening games of the Division 3 campaign.


In a statement released via Twitter on Monday morning, Dunne explained his reasons for leaving the panel.

"The manager was aware of personal issues going on in my life," wrote Dunne.

The text I sent saying I was leaving the panel was a result of weeks of an uncomfortable environment for me personally. I felt isolated and unwelcome in the set up.

I appreciate my reputation goes before me but this is a different scenario. Now that is that, it's best for all involved.

Best of luck to the players and management for the remainder of this year.

The 29-year-old had been part of the Offaly panel since 2010.

Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile


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