LIMERICK hurling’s young stars will bounce back stronger next year vowed 2015 All Ireland U-21 winning manager John Kiely.
His Limerick side was dethroned in the Munster semi-final but the manager insists that the young stars will benefit from a break.
“For a lot of them it’s the first time that they won’t be hurling in August and September with their county - maybe the break will freshen them up,” he said of the 2015 All Ireland U-21 win and the 2013-14 Munster minor wins after their loss to Tipperary on Thursday.
“They need a break - these guys need a break. In a lot of cases they have been on the go for four years and a lot of them are only 20 years of age. They do need a genuine break from the game,” stressed Kiely.
Five of the U-21s made senior debuts this Summer, while another four were also part of TJ Ryan’s panel.
“They have a bit of silverware put aside but maybe this bit of a phase in their career will give them a bit of added incentive to come back next year with more hunger and drive. It’s a mental tiredness rather than a physical tiredness.”
He explained: “We did feel we were having to press an awful lot more buttons than we would normally have to press to try and get to them to a point where they were ready to go – we were struggling to find the energy and that bit of bite and fluency. I don’t think it was there for whatever reason this year - the same buzz”.