Friday 24 March 2017

Ryan defends call-up of Tipp 'footballers'

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Michael Ryan responded to comments from football selector Tommy Toomey, who believes that dual player Steven O’Brien “should have been handled in a different way”. Picture credit: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Michael Ryan responded to comments from football selector Tommy Toomey, who believes that dual player Steven O’Brien “should have been handled in a different way”. Picture credit: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan delivered a positive injury update on ace forward Seamus Callanan last night - and defended the presence of Steven O'Brien on his panel.

Ryan responded to comments from football selector Tommy Toomey, who believes that dual player O'Brien "should have been handled in a different way".

O'Brien, an All-Ireland minor medallist in both codes, and a Munster U-21 football winner last year, was one of two footballers drafted into the hurling set-up.

Seamus Kennedy has made the grade at right half-back, lining out against Cork and Limerick in the Munster Championship, but O'Brien made just one appearance - as a 70th-minute sub against Clare in the NHL quarter-final defeat.

Ryan, while admitting that he can't predict the future, said that he would "love to see Steven be a total success like Seamus and break his way into this team", adding: "I hate speaking about individual players in this kind of a framework. Steven made a very hard call, as did Seamus. They were invited in."

Irish Independent

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