Thursday 23 January 2020

Kearns still holds out hope of having Acheson available for 2017

Liam Kearns. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Liam Kearns. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns remains hopeful that he can coax Peter Acheson to return for the 2017 championship.

The midfielder, who made such a big impression during Tipp's run to the semi-final, is currently based in Dubai for the immediate future. Kearns believes Acheson is one of those "irreplaceable guys" but he says his potential return is a conversation that "has to happen yet".

"It's a big one. He may be staying over there, we're not sure. He's kind of one of those irreplaceable guys."

Kearns will have Paddy Codd back after his unavailability last year, while Kevin Fahey, Liam Casey, Ross Mulcahy and James Lonergan, who all spent the summer in the US, will rejoin the panel in the months ahead.

Kearns said there are others who have indicated they too will be available but Stephen O'Brien, who joined the hurling squad, may not be among them.

Kearns admitted there was always a "danger" that the harmony generated this year may be impacted. "There is always that because we worked off 15, we had 15 out there who had a very good understanding and there was a lot of coaching done with them so they all knew their job well and knew what they were about," Kearns said.

"Whereas we are going to have 10-plus extra players in who have to fit into the whole scheme of things and team bonding and all of that stuff has to be worked on with them. So we have to guard against that, I suppose. We have to get the right characters in, they'll have to buy into the team and buy into the squad and buy into what we are about."

In hurling, meanwhile, Limerick defender Wayne McNamara (30) has called time on his inter-county career.

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