Thursday 26 April 2018

All Star defender Barrett returns to Tipperary hurling squad

Star defender gets green light to return after talks with Ryan

Tipperary's Cathal Barrett. Photo: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE
Tipperary's Cathal Barrett. Photo: Ray McManus/SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cathal Barrett is to return to the Tipperary hurling squad for the new season.

Barrett, who was released from the squad in late May when an apparent disciplinary issue arose, is understood to have had clear-the-air talks with the Tipp management in recent weeks and an agreement has been reached for his return when preparations commence for 2018.

Barrett is one of the game's best corner-backs but, after picking up a bad knee injury in the Munster quarter-final defeat to Cork, he was dropped from the squad.

Despite calls for his return, especially after the concession of goals against Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-final, manager Michael Ryan stuck to the original decision.

Only this week Michael Cahill, Tipperary's seasoned corner-back, expressed his hope that Barrett would return.

Meanwhile, there's an added incentive for the winners of the 2018 Allianz Hurling League who will travel to Australia next year to play All-Ireland champions Galway in an exhibition match. The game was announced yesterday as part of President Higgins' State visit to Australia.

No date has been fixed but it is unlikely to happen until after the championship has concluded given the tight nature of the new schedule.

Irish Independent

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