Thursday 18 January 2018

Clare's young guns have feet on ground, insists Ryan

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CLARE star Colin Ryan has backed the county's young guns to stay grounded despite their remarkable run of success, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

A handful of Clare's tyros have already won back-to-back U-21 titles as well as this year's Liam MacCarthy Cup.

The Banner are likely to bag a handful of All Star awards later this month and are also expected to pick up the Hurler of the Year and Young Hurler of the Year gongs, but the Newmarket-on-Fergus man insists they will take it all in their stride.

"Nothing surprises me with them," Ryan (above) said. "They know nothing else but winning since they were minors. It's very different to the way we got success at U-21 level – some lads didn't have underage success at all. They're just used to that. They're used to keeping their feet on the ground.

"They're so eccentric on the field but yet off the field they're great lads and they keep their feet on the ground. They just love hurling."

The Clare panel are planning a team holiday to the USA after Christmas but Ryan expects them to meet in the coming weeks as part of their preparations to defend their All-Ireland title.

"In a couple of weeks we will get together again and put a plan in motion. I'm sure there will be lads coming in. We will reassess and see where we can go from here," he said.

"We want to keep ahead of the game. We are going to have to improve if we want to be successful again next year."

Irish Independent

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