Tipp will miss Fanning more than they think
First the manager, then the vice-captain. A double hit for Tipperary hurling as Declan Fanning (right) follows Liam Sheedy (far right) into retirement.
With so much young talent in the Premier county, the supporters may assume that he will be seamlessly replaced. Not necessarily so.
Fanning was a very versatile performer, coping quite comfortably with whatever challenge arose anywhere in defence. That's a precious talent which Tipperary may miss more than they think.
Of course Fanning was an excellent footballer too. Indeed, if memory serves me correctly, he did very well at centre-back against Donegal in an All-Ireland qualifier game at Croke Park in 2003.