Limerick were beaten by Clare in the first round of the Munster Senior Football Championship last weekend, and now they must face the qualifier route. Despite being the primary challenger to the Cork-Kerry duopoly in the province a few years ago, the Treaty now find themselves well down the pecking order.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Sunday’s stand-in captain Ian Ryan publicly urged the younger stars in the squad not to jump ship and head to America for the summer.
“Hopefully some fellas don’t go abroad – it would be hard to blame them if they do go for the summer to make some money for themselves.
“I can’t blame them if they do but hopefully they stay.”
Intercounty stars are generally set up with a job in the United States if they go there to play with a club for the summer. The fact that Limerick now face the qualifiers, as well as the high percentage of students in their squad means that the side may be hit hard by those departing on a J1 Visa.
“It is another what if story,” lamented Ryan, speaking after what was the fourth year in succession that the Treaty have lost their first round game in the Munster Championship.
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