James Loughrey unavailable to Antrim footballers in 2013

Tipperary's Alan Campbell challenges James Loughrey

Antrim half-back James Loughrey will not be part of the Saffron football squad in 2013.

Loughrey, a trainee accountant in Belfast, will shortly undertake exams and then intends to work in Cork where his girlfriend lives.

The St Brigid's player has yet to submit a transfer request to a club in the Munster County.

Loughrey, who has been a key player for the county in recent seasons, has also starred on Ulster Railway Cup teams.

The absence of the highly-rated defender will come as a blow to Antrim manager Frank Dawson ahead of January's Mc Kenna Cup campaign.

The 26-year-old played on the Saffron side which made it to the Ulster Final in 2009.