Kieran Kingston, Pat Ryan, and Donal Óg Cusack are big names on their own right and included in the backroom teams at minor, U20, and senior are Ger Cunningham, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Wayne Sherlock, and Tom Kenny. Some of the most respected Rebel hurlers of the past 30-odd years.
You’d expect Cunningham junior will be in the plans of Cusack and the minors selectors in 2020, along with Barrs’ centre-forward William Buckley and midfielder Ben O’Connor.
That pair are still U15 but Buckley’s haul of 0-6 from play was sublime and O’Connor has a ferocious engine.
There’s no doubt that learning from Donal Óg, Seán Óg and Tom Kenny will improve whoever make next year’s minor squad.
Ring and his selectors came very close to All-Ireland glory, reaching three successive finals. Pat Ryan and co have to at least match that.
The sticking point over JBM’s return to a position he excelled in back in the mid-90s was the one-term on offer. A strange situation considering Kieran Kingston and co sought and got a three-year deal, ala Ronan McCarthy with the footballers, to guarantee stability and continuity.