Declan Browne says Tipp mustn't make 'big rigmarole' out of chasing players

Former Tipperary star Declan Browne has stressed the need for current players to make a concrete decision on their availability to the county in 2017 as soon as possible.

Declan Browne says Tipp mustn't make 'big rigmarole' out of chasing players

Throughout Tipperary’s championship campaign there were regular references to those that were marked absent from their squad.

And Browne hopes a similar situation can be avoided next year, believing it’s counter-productive to dwell on those players that cannot make the requisite commitment.

“Basically, we have to make sure we have everybody available to us as well and we need to start that process right now,” Browne said, speaking on the Irish Examiner GAA Podcast.

“Ask guys if they’re interested in coming in and if they’re not we just forget about them.

“We spent five, six, seven weeks, even three months, talking about these guys that were missing  And in fairness to the lads that we had, how do you think that made them feel?

“So from the earliest stage it should be: ‘If you can commit, great, we’ll take you. And if you can’t, grand, off you go and we’ll go with what we have’.

“Liam (Kearns) has been around a while. He’ll know the spotlight will be on everyone next year after the year we’ve had but we can’t afford to have a good year and fall away for another three or four years,” Browne said.

Browne has no issue with players taking a summer off from inter-county action, but wouldn’t agree with individuals making a habit of it as Tipperary seek further development.

“I’ve no problem with guys heading off for a summer because it’s all about growing up, it’s all about life. But I would have a problem with guys going off consistently every year. You either commit to it or you don’t.

“You have guys like Jason Lonergan and Liam Casey from that experienced minor and U21 team who would be huge additions if they’re going to commit.

“A club-mate of mine, Philip Quirke, who has been injured for the last couple of years, if he gets back he’ll be another big addition.

“And then you’d obviously have to target the Steven O’Briens of this world as well.

“Ultimately, though, it’s up to the guys themselves but I wouldn’t make a big rigmarole out it. I'd be asking them once and if they can commit, great, and if they can't then we'll just continue on."

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