Sunday 28 May 2017

O'Shea turns to Curran to boost Premier backroom team

Recently retired Tipperary defender Paul Curran has accepted a position on manager Eamon O’Shea’s backroom team for the championship summer (Sportsfile)
Recently retired Tipperary defender Paul Curran has accepted a position on manager Eamon O’Shea’s backroom team for the championship summer (Sportsfile)

Recently retired Tipperary defender Paul Curran has accepted a position on manager Eamon O'Shea's backroom team for the championship summer.

Curran, 33, announced his retirement at the end of April but O'Shea has wasted no time in ensuring that the Mullinahone stalwart remains involved.

Premier County assistant manager Michael Ryan has confirmed that Curran will work with the Tipperary full-backs for the remainder of the season.

And his presence within the set-up retains another vital link to the All-Ireland-winning team of five years ago as Declan Fanning, wing-back on that occasion, is a selector alongside O'Shea.

Ryan confirmed: "Paul's come in to do a bit of work with our inside back line. And we're delighted to welcome him in.

"If anything, we possibly are a bit under-resourced versus some of our competition. But Paul was more than happy to come on board. He's got years of experience here and he's got a lot to offer us.

"He commands a lot of respect, given the years and years of service he's given to us. It's a step in the right direction for us and he is a very positive, experienced resource."

Elsewhere, Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy will have to do without influential defender Lorcán McLoughlin for the Munster opener with Waterford and the player is in a battle to play any part in the 2015 championship.

McLoughlin suffered a dislocated shoulder playing for his club Kanturk on Sunday night, and is unlikely to feature in the Rebels' Munster Championship as a result.

A statement from Cork GAA yesterday stated that McLoughlin "will be unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future".

McLoughlin will meet his orthopaedic surgeon shortly, and depending on the severity of the injury, could be facing an uphill battle to play again for the Rebels in 2015. If any muscles, ligaments or tendons are torn or damaged in the affected shoulder area, it will extend his period of absence.

Cork face Waterford on June 7 in the Munster SHC semi-final, with the Munster final scheduled for July 12.

Meanwhile, Dublin's Niall McMorrow has been ruled out of Dublin's Leinster SHC quarter-final clash with Galway at Croke Park on Sunday week.

Dublin boss Ger Cunningham confirmed last night that Ballyboden St Enda's clubman McMorrow, 25, will miss out with a thumb injury sustained in training a fortnight ago.

"It's a blow to us as Niall had been playing well," admitted Cunningham.

Irish Independent

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