ANTHONY Daly has welcomed Shane Ryan’s decision to join his Dublin hurling revolution — but has stressed that the All Star footballer will now have to earn his place in the squad, writes Conor McKeon in the Evening Herald
Yesterday Ryan announced he would end his 10-year association with the Dublin footballers after a disappointing season which saw him fail to start a single competitive game, and will instead devote his full attention to hurling in 2010.
And while the news came as a fillip for Dubs boss Daly, he emphasised the workload facing the Naomh Mearnóg man if he is to make a positive impact next year.
“He’ll have tonnes and tonnes of work to do to try and get the hurling up to speed,” Daly stressed. “There would be question marks if that can happen even because he’s so long away from that level of hurling.
“But he’s the kind of guy that when he goes at something he goes at it 110 per cent, so that’s what I’d be hoping. Where a lot of guys will be lifting weights for the next few months, Shane will be up at a hurling wall and trying to get the touch back and the eye for it.”
Ryan attended a meeting of the Dublin hurling panel on Monday night where Daly outlined his plans for next season and issued individual training programmes for each player to complete over the inter-county off-season