Tipperary footballers will have to plan without ace attacker Michael Quinlivan for the 2020 season.

The Clonmel Commercials clubman has decided to go travelling for a year and his absence will be a blow to a Tipp side who will begin the year in Division 3 of the Allianz League.

In the Munster championship, the Premier face Clare at the quarter-final stage and must get to the provincial decider if they are to prevent themselves dropping into the new Tier 2 championship. They can also avoid that fate if they achieve promotion in the spring.

As well as winning an All-Star in 2016, Quinlivan, 26, was also part of the Tipperary minor side that claimed All-Ireland honours in 2011.

His manager back then was David Power and the latter is now in charge of the senior side.

It was a case of Power accepting the decision when he spoke to The Irish Sun: "Michael is going travelling, it is a thing that has been on his mind for a while now so he won't be available to us next year.

"He’ll be a big loss obviously, but it’s something I had known about going for the job so you just have to get on with it." 

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