LIMERICK football manager John Brudair has revealed that he has 10 players battling for at least three places in his starting team to play Tipperary in the Munster SFC on May 29.
Limerick played Sligo and Wexford in the past week and travel to Waterford this weekend for a mini-training camp.
“There are probably 10 or 12 places nailed down and then a few where there is probably a battle between 10 for three places - it’s a good way to have it - it keeps people on their toes,” John Brudair told LeaderSport this week at the launch of the Munster Championships.
“It will be a case of whoever is showing the best form in the next few weeks - we have challenge games and whoever puts their hands up will get the nod,” said Brudair of his championship line-up.
“Obviously we will rely on a little bit of experience - when it comes to close decisions we might go with the experienced lads but they would need to be showing form as well.”
He added: “There are definitely some younger lads that want to play and we have to give them an opportunity”.
“If we get everything right we will give a good account of ourselves,” he promised.
Stephen Kelly didn’t feature during the National League and won’t be ready for the provincial quarter-final in the Gaelic Grounds.
“The only player that won’t be in contention for the Tipperary game is Stephen Kelly, who still hasn’t got his knee fully right, which is an awful pity because we would love to have him involved. He has been a class player over the past 10-years and one of my favourite players for Limerick. I would love to have him in the half forward line but at the moment he is not right,” revealed the manager.
Mark O’Riordan was the only other concern but ”he came back last weekend and played midfield for Croom hurlers and is ok”.
The manager described 2014 to-date as: “so far so good in that we stayed in Division Three, which was our primary game”
“Its championship time now and everyone wants to get a championship win and we are no different. Tipperary is our main focus now,” said Brudair.