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Tipp will miss Fanning more than they think

Published 03/11/2010 | 05:00

First the manager, then the vice-captain. A double hit for Tipperary hurling as Declan Fanning (right) follows Liam Sheedy (far right) into retirement.

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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.

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