Allen reveals youthful panel

NEW Limerick senior hurling manager John Allen has wasted little time settling into life on Shannonside and has already selected his panel for 2012.

NEW Limerick senior hurling manager John Allen has wasted little time settling into life on Shannonside and has already selected his panel for 2012.

This week the former Cork All-Ireland winner unveiled his 29-man panel that will commence preparations for the new season.

Speaking to LeaderSport, Allen stressed that the panel remains “open ended”.

“Players can be added and of course players can leave,” he said.

Certainly Allen, and selectors Ciaran Carey, John Kiely and Eamonn Meskell are giving youth a fling and the average age of the panel will be just 24 years of age.

In total nine members of the successful U-21 panel are included with Shane Dowling, Mark Carmody, Conor Alis and James O’Brien, joining those who were involved at senior level last season Kevin Downes, Declan Hannon, Graeme Mulcahy, Aaron Murphy and Seanie O’Brien.

Both Dowling and Carmody make the move directly from minor level to senior level, just as Declan Hannon did last season.

The experience in the panel is provided by Brian Geary, Donal O’Grady, Niall Moran and Mark O’Riordan.

In total, the new management team have included just five newcomers, with all others involved with Donal O’Grady at some stage last season.

As well as the new U-21 players Effin’s Tommy Quaid is also elevated to the senior panel.

PANEL - 2012: David Breen, Kevin Downes, Shane Dowling, James O’Brien (all Na Piarsaigh), Paul Browne (Bruff), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Declan Hannon & Wayne McNamara (both Adare), Seamus Hickey & Sean Tobin (both Murroe-Boher), Niall Maher (Doon), Brian Geary (Monaleen), Richie McCarthy & David Moloney (both Blackrock), Niall Moran (Ahane), Graeme Mulcahy & Gavin O’Mahony (both Kilmallock), Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown), Mark Carmody, Seanie O’Brien & Thomas O’Brien (all Patrickswell), Donal O’Grady (Granagh-Ballingarry), Shane O’Neill (South Liberties), Nicky Quaid and Thomas Quaid (both Effin), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), Mark O’Riordan & Conor Allis (both Croom).