I think Howard will get a big change to prove himself this year, I base this on the way he went straight from the 21s to being on the 26 for the seniors. Small had a very impressive championship (except for the final), and that should earn him a shot also. Killian O Gara was absolutely fabulous for the U21 until his injury, we would have won it that year if he had stayed fit, if he comes back to that sort of form he is a possible. The likes of Basquel and McHugh might not break through in front of guys that are there, but could come after them. When Brogan, Flynn and O Gara retire, guys will come in, either to the team or the panel.
Foley might have a shot, he has the size now, so they don’t have to wait on him maturing physically. Byrne could be the new Kevin Mc, but might have to wait.
So there are lots of possibilities, but for next year I think Howard will come and maybe Small.
Pressures on Gavin now…ultimately, it was his failure in the o Byrne cup that tainted gilroys reign…if he doesn’t bring us fenway and Walsh cup glory first time round his hurling tenure will be deemed a disaster in my book…
If Jim can’t put two obyrne cups in a row together, all his other ‘achievements’ will be soon forgotten
@turbo But the pressure was so great last year that I heard Jim didn’t sleep for weeks before the OBC. His GP examined him and he was diagnosed with OCD for the OBC. His missus said he needed TLC not UCD so rather than him go OTT she phoned PC on the QT and the rest is history.