Former Limerick hurler Tom Ryan has switched his allegiances to Dublin ahead of 2018, as reported by the Limerick Leader. Ryan, who made seven championship appearances for the Treaty between 2012 and 2014, picked up a Munster winners’ medal in 2013.
Ryan made an appearance for Pat Gilroy’s Dublin side on Saturday as they fell to Tipperary in a challenge game in Thurles.
However, it is not clear yet if he will feature for the Dubs later in the year, as Gilroy has cast the net wide in his search for talent, and is giving chances to a host of names this month across Walsh Cup and challenge matches. Last weekend alone saw the clash with Tipp followed by a win over Antrim 24 hours later.
Given that the significant Cuala contingent are yet to return to the county set-up, Gilroy’s current squad is very much provisional.
However, the addition of Ryan is certainly a boost for the Dubs, and gives the new management another option. The Dublin hurling team has benefitted from players from outside the county coming into the set-up in recent years, with Ryan O’Dwyer (Tipperary), Darragh O’Connell (Kerry), Niall Corcoran (Galway) and Maurice O’Brien (Limerick) among those who have declared for the Boys in Blue.
Ryan has switched from South Liberties to Cuala, but is not being considered by Mattie Kenny for the All-Ireland campaign, as the Dalkey club aim to defend their title, with a semi-final date against Galway champions Liam Mellows next month.