In what was one of the most controversial moments of the 2017 GAA year, Cathal Barrett was sensationally dropped from the Tipperary panel by manager Michael Ryan.
After being dropped off the panel in the wake of the Munster Championship loss against Cork, it was announced earlier in the winter that Barrett would be back in the panel.
However, he has now made the return to the blue and gold, starting a midfield for Tipp in a weekend challenge match against Slaughtneil as the Derry club prepares for the All-Ireland club semi-final.
Barrett was included in an experimental Tipp side, who were nine-point winners over the Ulster champions.
Conor Kenny, Jason Forde and Patrick Maher also featured for Ryan’s side, who are not competing in the Munster Senior Hurling League so will rely on challenge matches to prepare them for their National League opener against Clare in Ennis on January 28.
Tipp fans will be happy to see that the 24-year-old Barrett is back in the fray as the All-Star defender will be a huge addition for the Premier. And, with the Munster Championship being played on a round-robin basis in 2018, Tipperary will need as big a panel as possible in order to deal with the intense scheduling of both league and championship.
Michael Ryan is currently working with a 40-man panel ahead of the league and championship.
Tipperary 2018 pre-season panel:
Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Breen, Ger Browne, Justin Cahill, Michael Cahill, Séamus Callanan, Seán Curran, Cian Darcy, Paudie Feehan, Alan Flynn, Jason Forde, Tom Fox, Tomás Hamill, Barry Heffernan, Brian Hogan, Mark Kehoe, Séamus Kennedy, Conor Kenny, Brendan Maher, Donagh Maher, Pádraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Paul Maher, Paul Maher, Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), Dan McCormack, John McGrath, Noel McGrath, Daragh Mooney, Seán Nally, Seán O’Brien, Joe O’Dwyer, John O’Dwyer, Niall O’Meara, Dáire Quinn, Mark Russell, Paul Shanahan and David Sweeney.
Hat-tip: Tipperary Star