Horan must do without Browne and Ranahan

LIMERICK senior football manager Maurice Horan has revealed that he will be without the services of Pádraig Browne and goalkeeper Conor Ranahan for the coming season.

Wing forward Browne and sub goalkeeper Ranahan, who made his senior inter-county debut last year, are the latest victims of the emigration crisis which is affecting inter-county teams all over the country.

Former team captain Browne, who can also operate in defence, and Scanlan are both travelling and will be absent for the foreseeable future as Limerick prepare for life in Division 3 of the National Football league.

Horan confirmed: “We’ve lost two of the panel from last year — wing forward Pádraig Browne who’s travelling to Australia for the year and Conor Ranahan, our sub goalie, is gone travelling as well.

“We knew about Pádraig and Conor all along — they contacted me straight away when they knew that I was taking over. Even during last year, Paudie was thinking about heading away.”

Meanwhile Waterford’s experienced forward Stephen Cunningham has retired from inter-county football. Cunningham who turns 35 in April, has informed team manager Johnny Owens that he will not be making himself available for the forthcoming campaign. Waterford begin their season with a McGrath Cup quarter-final against Tipperary at Walsh Park next Sunday but will have to plan without Stradbally clubman Cunningham, who made over 50 appearances for the Déise since 2001.

Owens also revealed that long-term injury victim Liam O’Lionain is making good progress as he continues his recovery from a broken leg while Tony Grey is battling his way back to fitness following groin surgery. It has also been confirmed that experienced Tramore forward Paul Ogle, who has suffered terribly with injury in recent seasons, will not be involved this season. Another forward, Conor McGrath, is also unavailable to Owens having emigrated last year but the manager has kept in touch with the Brickey Rangers clubman.

Finally Tipperary’s senior footballers will have to plan without 2010 captain Robbie Costigan for the coming season. The Cahir clubman, a member of the 2005 Tommy Murphy cup winning team, has confirmed that he is travelling to Australia once he has recovered from a damaged cheekbone.

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