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Ryan heeded players

THE Waterford hurlers have moved on from a tumultuous week after the county board formally ratified the appointments of former stars Ken McGrath and Sean Cullinane as new senior selectors.

One of the Déise's two departing selectors, Brother Philip Ryan, has also admitted he stepped down after realising that the players wanted a change of coaching direction.

"I recognised that the players were looking for further coaching expertise within the set-up that I wasn't able to deliver. I had looked at how the team had been moving in the last two weeks. I saw the writing on the wall and looked at my situation," he explained.

His resignation came just three days after Nicky Cashin's exit as selector. Ryan informed his namesake, manager Michael Ryan, in the wake of Sunday's shock victory over Galway in Salthill, a result that offers Waterford a potential Division 1A relegation lifeline as they gear up to face Dublin at home this Sunday.