Liam Kearns wants his Clonmel men back for Tipperary

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns wants his Clonmel Commercials contingent back in the fold for the Premier County’s next Allianz Football League Division 3 outing against Westmeath.

The Premier County travel to Cusack Park in Mullingar on Sunday week for a tie that could also see midfielder George Hannigan return to action after eight months on the sidelines.

Hannigan sustained a groin injury in the Munster SFC semi-final defeat to Kerry last June and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

But the Shannon Rovers clubman took part in his first collective session of the year on Sunday and is on course for an earlier than anticipated return. 

Hannigan will give Kearns another option around midfield, with Colin O’Riordan in Australia and Steven O’Brien currently with the hurlers.

Kearns isn’t giving up on a possible return for O’Brien before the summer but for now, he can look forward to the return of the Commercials players following their club exertions.

Michael Quinlivan, Ian Fahey, Kevin Fahey, Jason Lonergan and Donal Lynch will accept invitations to link up with the Tipp squad and Kearns could also approach Aldo Matassa, a former senior panellist.

Seamus Kennedy is one of the Clonmel Commercials players that Kearns won’t be able to call upon — for the time being at least.

The powerful half-back has also committed to the hurlers and is expected to line out for Mary Immaculate College against GMIT in this afternoon’s (Tuesday) Fitzgibbon Cup quarter-final.

Due to club commitments with Commercials, Kennedy hasn’t yet featured for Mary I in this year’s Fitzgibbon Cup campaign.


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