Mossy warns new Blues they'll need to show hunger

Conor McKeon

DUBLIN veteran Tomás Quinn has warned Dublin's new recruits that hunger rather than sheer talent is the trait most urgently required to succeed in the current senior set-up, writes Conor McKeon.

Pat Gilroy is expected to make contact with four of this year's All-Ireland-winning Under-21 team this week about immediate call-ups, widely believed to be Ciarán Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey, Emmett Ó Conghaile and Gary Sweeney.

"The biggest challenge of making the step up is the level of hunger a guy comes in with," Quinn told the Herald. "It depends on how much they want to get on the panel and then once you get there, trying to get onto the team."

However, such is the depth of talent in this year's Under-21 vintage, Quinn says he fully expects "seven, eight or nine guys to come through."

EAMON FITZMAURICE will rejoin Kerry's managerial team but not until after their Munster SFC clash with Tipperary on May 27.

The Kingdom's current Under-21 manager has been coaxed back into the set-up by Jack O'Connor following the exit of Donie Buckley from his backroom team last week.

SEAMUS HICKEY has been ruled out of Limerick's Munster SHC clash with Tipperary on Sunday week.

The influential defender broke a bone in his arm playing for his club, Murroe-Boher.

WATERFORD have also suffered a serious injury to an influential team member with Eoin Kelly now set for a lengthy lay-off after picking up a fractured thumb whilst playing for Passage East last weekend. The Déise face Clare on June 17 and manager Michael Ryan has serious doubts about fellow forward Maurice Shanahan (thumb), Noel Connors and Páraic Mahony (both groin).