Dublin hurler Conal Keaney is considering his inter-county future in what may be the latest blow to Ger Cunningham's 2016 preparations after the departure of Danny Sutcliffe from the panel.
Sutcliffe, an All Star in 2013, reportedly told Cunningham at the weekend that he would not be available for selection in 2016, a decision confirmed last night according to the Irish Independent.
The St Jude's man is not the only player to leave the squad in recent days, with experienced defender Simon Lambert and goalkeeper Alan Nolan both deemed surplus to requirements.
Now Keaney, fresh from winning a Leinster football title with Ballyboden St Enda's at the weekend, may be set to join them.
Speaking on the Second Captains podcast, the 33-year-old said: "I'm not getting any younger and the legs aren't getting any fresher so I’d say I'll have to make a call in the next couple of days or weeks."
With Ballyboden remaining in club action into the new year as they aim to win a first All Ireland title, Keaney admitted "It's not going to work trying to play both."
"I'm not under any pressure. It’s only fair for the club and the inter-county. I have to do what's right for me and what’s right for Dublin whether that’s me staying on or me retiring I'm not sure yet.
“I'll work it out myself and maybe talk to a few people I’d be very close to and who would be fairly honest in their opinions on what’s the best thing for me and Dublin, see what their opinion is and how I feel myself. Is it the right thing to retire? I'm not sure and will just have to wait and see over the next couple of days.”
Meanwhile, 27-year-old Lambert has criticised his removal from the squad, claiming the reasons given for it were "disrespectful".
Lambert, who featured against Galway in this year's Championship, has not ruled out a return to the panel if management call upon him, saying he is "young enough still to potentially offer a lot to the team in the near future."