Waterford manager Derek McGrath has been dealt a blow ahead of the start of the Munster SHC following the news that Kieran Bennett has left the panel.
Bennett was one of three brothers on the squad as he joined siblings Shane and Stephen in representing the county last year. The talk in Waterford is that he is set to go travelling this summer.
The older of the three Bennetts, Kieran really came to the fore towards the end of last year's championship forcing his way into the side for the All-Ireland semi-final and final.
Kieran now joins his brother Shane who has also opted off the panel, while it remains to be seen if Maurice Shanahan returns to the squad after he dropped himself following his sending off against Cork.
Following a poor league campaign, the Déise need to step up their preparations over the coming weeks if they are to match last year's performances.