SARSFIELDS Gary White has left the Kildare senior football panel.
A Lieutenant with the Irish Defence Forces in the Transport Corps in Dublin, the 25-year-old will depart on a six-month tour of duty to Lebanon in May.
“It’s not like it’s Johnny Doyle leaving the squad, so it isn’t really big news,” said White.
“It is disappointing for me personally alright, especially the way it’s going at the moment but I have to think of the bigger picture. My three-year-old daughter Holly comes before football and that means my career must come before football. I will play away for Sarsfields for another month or so but will have to pack that up then too as I can’t take the risk of picking up an injury.”
The news is a major blow for Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare side, who have won all seven of their games so far this year with White to the fore.
A panellist since 2008, when he also captained the county under-21s to an All-Ireland final, White has been a regular at midfield this year. After a couple of campaigns when he fell out of favour with the management, White has been prominent as Kildare have won the O’Byrne Cup and their first two National League games in 2013.
The 25-year-old had been hoping that he might be able to postpone his departure or be assigned another trip but in the end, he had to make what was a very tough decision.