It has been a tough week for TJ Ryan and the Limerick hurlers. The Treaty lost in what was for all intents and purposes a promotion play-off against Clare on Sunday. In truth, they were out-fought by the Banner all over the park.
TJ Ryan’s side must pick themselves up by Saturday week, when they face Dublin in the League quarter-final at Parnell Park, a venue in which the Dubs have not lost since 2011.
Things are not getting any easier for the Shannon-siders, as today the Limerick Leader have announced that forward Seanie Tobin has quit the panel, after failing to start a match this year.
Tobin spoke of his frustration at the lack of game-time.
“This decision was not easy and was not one I wanted to make but I felt it was one I had to make for various reasons that have accumulated over time.
“I have given everything to Limerick over the last number of years and it’s heartbreaking to walk away.
“I worked closely with Joe O’Connor since September/October training at least five if not six times a week every week up until now, on my strength and conditioning and I was in the best shape of my career.”
The 26 year-old reiterated that he is not retiring from intercounty hurling forever, but will return to his club Murroe-Boher for now.
“I am not retiring. I am going back training with my club on Wednesday evening and looking forward to getting going with them. I wish the players all the best for the year ahead, they deserve the utmost respect as people and as professionals and I hope to see them perform to the best of their ability in the coming year.
“I’ve spoken to a lot of the panel since my decision and they all understand that this is not something I would do lightly. I hope to wear the green and white with them lads again in the future.”
After being consigned to second tier hurling for what will be a seventh consecutive year in 2017, Seanie Tobin’s departure comes as further bad news to TJ Ryan.