With the National Hurling League starting next weekend, managers will be in full experimental mode, looking for new talent to give them that extra edge.
The past couple of seasons has seen hurling’s young guns step forth into the limelight, and this year should be no different. Look out for these three players, who are sure to leave a mark on the championship in 2015.
3. Bobby Duggan (Clare)
His role in Clare’s under-21 success was crucial and Duggan’s inevitable step into the senior ranks can only mean good things for the Banner county.
He is already shining for his college, contributing an impressive 12-point tally for NUIG in a recent Fitzgibbon Cup game. If he continues his good run of form, Clare might find themselves hurling all the way until autumn.
2. Brian Kennedy (Kilkenny)
With the recent spate of retirements putting vacancies in Kilkenny’s defence, Cody’s springtime auditions will make for interesting viewing.
Kennedy has made his mark for Kilkenny, having played well in the league last year, however he failed to nail down a championship spot. He’ll need to replicate last year’s form, if he wants to achieve big things in 2015.
1. Conor McDonald (Wexford)
McDonald lit up last year’s championship and is one of the most exciting young forwards of recent times, already making a name for himself on Wexford’s senior team.
He scored an impressive tally of 5-10 in 2014. He will be hopeful that there is no signs of second-season syndrome this year as he continues his ascendancy.
Ashling Dalton, Pundit Arena
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