Michael Ryan has cut his Tipperary panel ahead of championship and the latter stages of the league.
The Premier manager has dropped six players from the All Ireland champions panel after a weekend training camp in Abbotstown Centre of Excellence. The panel underwent the two day training camp in preparation for their national league semi-final versus Wexford on Sunday in Nowlan Park.
The six players to have been trimmed off the extended panel are:
Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Dylan Fitzell (Cashel King Cormacs), Stephen Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Willie Ryan (Clonakenny) and Padraig Greene (Upperchurch-Drombane).
While Greene, Fitzell and Coffey did not see any game time in the league this Spring, Heffernan, Ryan and Cahill were all given the opportunity to impress. Cahill had shown form in Mary I’s victorious Fitzgibbon Cup campaign and in his club’s county championship win last year. He also came off the bench to score a point in the quarter-final drubbing of Offaly.
Heffernan and Ryan both lined out in the Premier’s defeat to Cork in Pairc Uí Rinn, where both were replaced before full-time.
The Tipp bainisteoir is now turning his focus to the business end of the season, with his side looking to assert their dominance by clinching a league and championship double this year. Although they are favourites for the clash with Wexford this weekend, Davy Fitz’ charges will be no pushovers, riding the crest of a wave after overcoming Kilkenny in the same venue a fortnight ago.
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