Burke withdraws from Galway squad

January 09, 2021

Galway's Ian Burke. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Galway manager Padraic Joyce has been hit by the news that All-Star forward Ian Burke has withdrawn from the squad for the foreseeable future.

The Tribesmen will be without the four-time Corofin All-Ireland club SFC winner for the 2021 season following his decision to opt out of the inter-county scene in the wake of last November's Connacht SFC final defeat to Mayo.

Burke made his debut for Galway in the 2017 All-Ireland qualifier against Donegal and has been an ever-present in the full-forward line since. In his second year, he became Galway's first football All-Star in 15 years.

Joyce must also plan without experienced defender Gareth Bradshaw who announced his retirement this week.

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