I think that is easier said then done, and one of the reasons for that (and I beg forgiveness for bringing up the topic), is that the type of forward we are missing - the skilful, athletic type (and with enough size to cope with inter-county), is also the type that excels at football. The majority of good young lads who went to football from hurling, were of this type. The one we did keep, Sutcliffe, we didn’t keep for long!
But ultimately I think it all comes down to numbers - if we get enough players up to the level, the rest will look after itself as the biggest, fittest, most skilful etc. will sort themselves out. We are really not far away at all at underage level. Someone mentioned above that we don’t produce the players the like of Blanchfield with KK. But he played against us at U21 last year and was by no means the best player on the field (Cian Boland was that day). The likes of Blanchfield just have the advantage of being added to a team where the likes of TJ Reid can do the heavy lifting while they find their feet.
Looking at the possible 15 for next year at U21, I think we won’t be too far away at all come this time of year 2017;