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Tipp deal 'back on track'

ALL-IRELAND hurling champions Tipperary are holding onto long-time sponsors Enfer, but there remains some doubt about how much longer the arrangement will continue.

It was believed that Tipp's nine-year sponsorship deal was about to end this season, despite their status as Liam MacCarthy winners, and car manufacturers Skoda were heavily tipped to take over.

A sponsorship change certainly looked on the cards when Tipperary's footballers started their Allianz League campaign with no visible sponsors on their jerseys.

And speculation only increased when the county's hurlers lined out in the Waterford Crystal pre-season competition with only the words 'Tiobraid Arann' on their shirt fronts.

Yet when the hurlers opened their league campaign last weekend they wore jerseys bearing the Enfer logo again, and Tipp secretary Tim Floyd said yesterday that their sponsorship arrangement was "back on track."

However Floyd was not drawn on how long the Enfer deal will continue, even when asked if it would run to the end of the season.

"We have reached a compromise with Enfer and are back on track," was his only comment, indicating that Tipp's sponsorship story for 2011 may not yet be settled.

Enfer, co-founded by Clonmel man Louis Ronan, is an animal diagnostics company based locally. They have sponsored the Premier County since 2002.

Irish Independent