Wednesday 21 February 2018

Tipp ace 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer calls for new leaders to emerge for All-Ireland challenge

John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer
John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer

Darragh Sullivan

New Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has been hit with a raft of retirements over the winter but star forward Michael "Bubbles" O'Dwyer believes it is up to the younger breed to step up to the mark.

Lar Corbett, James Woodlock, Shane McGrath and Conor O' Mahony all retire with Liam McCarthy medals in their pockets after their 2010 success and while O'Dwyer says they will be a "savage" loss, the Killenaule club man says it will put the onus on new leaders to step into the breach.

"They're four big losses to the panel, they'd be four big personalities in the dressing room but you can see it over the last number of years with all the younger lads coming through and stepping up," he said at yesterday's 2016 Fitzgibbon Cup draw, which his Cork IT side will host.

“Back in 2010 I think seven or eight of the starting team were 22 or younger and people are saying that we're an old team, we're not an old team at all," he added.

“It's up to us to take on the mantle of that and create our own legacy with this team” Said Dwyer.

Some observers believe next season will be a transitional one for the Premier County manager, but “Bubbles” believes they will adapt to this and make sure it’s a smooth transition.

“It could be good and it could be bad but I think myself it's going to be good," he said. "As a selector you're kind of just in the background but as a manager he can put his own stamp on the team”.

It is clear that in order for Tipperary to have a successful 2016 new players are going to have to step up and cement their own place in the side after the blows of such great players.

“It's up to us to take on the mantle of that and create our own legacy with this team” Said Dwyer.

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