Dublin’s Tomas Brady and Matthew Ruth of Kilkenny
After losing another key player to football, Anthony Daly has to get on with it.
The Dublin hurling boss was left reeling earlier this week by news that Tomas Brady was going to concentrate on the big ball in 2013, but he admits that such moves are always a possibility in the GAA:
“A while back Martin Kennedy was on board with us for another year and Tomss Brady would have been one of the key players on the team,” the Clare man comments in the Irish Times. Six weeks on and they’re both gone. That’s the way of the world. It’s an amateur game and there’s no contract tying anyone down.
“I don’t really know Jim Gavin but I got on well with Pat Gilroy apart from a bit of a row over Rory O’Carroll playing under 21. After that we were fine! It’s like [chairman] Andy Kettle was saying: no-one owns the Dublin GAA and people are free to move around.
“It’s the nature of the GAA and the same with Cork, who’d love to have Aidan Walsh hurling with them.
“Tomas would like to have a go at football and feels if he doesn’t do it now, he’ll never do it. I was awful disappointed but wished him the best. The only consolation is that because of his injury problems we’ve had to manage without him for quite a bit but we’d been looking forward to having him fully fit for the whole of next season.
“Look you’ve the glamour of football and the crowds. Even when we won the league and got to the Leinster final we weren’t getting that. Young lads will be swayed by that.
“When I meet Friends of Dublin Hurling I’d say let’s keep working at this and keep producing quality players and it’ll come. It’s nearly happened at underage and you’re producing fellas like Liam Rushe, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte – Danny Sutcliffe was nominated for an All Star. Hopefully there’ll be more.”