DUBLIN hurling star Paul Ryan insists his side have “no right” to talk about winning All-Irelands.
Dublin are still in contention for both the Liam MacCarthy and Sam Maguire trophies this year with excitement building around the city that they could land both crowns.
But after the disappointment of last year, when they suffered relegation from the top flight and subsequently endured a miserable championship, Ryan says Anthony Daly’s outfit are keeping their feet on the ground, despite making the breakthrough in Leinster. “We’ve kept to ourselves and we know to keep away from all that (hype), because last year we started to pay attention to that, and look what happened – we got relegated,” remarked Ryan at the launch of theGAA/GPA Freestyle Hurling initiative.
“So it would be stupid. We’ve no right to talk about an All-Ireland yet, we’re talking about the semi-finals and that’s as far as we’ve been going.”
Ryan (right) found himself out of favour earlier this year, but has roared back with some stellar performances, not least in the Leinster final where he hit 2-7 against Galway.
He revealed that Daly’s decision to omit him from the team was the motivation he needed.
“You are devastated at first, but then you have to get your head around it very quickly,” said Ryan.
“I didn’t have the best of form at the start of the year and he dropped me and deservedly so. But then I came back into it and I suppose I had a bit of motivation there to keep my place. I suppose you don’t realise that until you get dropped.”