Danny Sutcliffe, Shane Durkin, Paul Ryan, Peter Kelly (if he gets back fully fit), Mark Schutte, David Tracy, Paul Schutte, Dotsy, Cian O’Callaghan, Oisin Gough, Colm Cronin, Darragh O’Connel … would all improve this team in one way or other, If nothing else just in terms of physicality, leadership and experience. No little skill either. Lads like Bennett, Rian McBride, Bennett, Cian Boland, and/or Jake Malone are better positioned to make the step to senior then some of the young lads who have been thrown in.
Just saying we shouldn’t go making sweeping statements that the development panels are a total write off on the basis of being down so many players for a variety of reasons. The league is going to be tough, at least until we get a few of the above back, lets not have an existential crisis over it! Even Kilkenny would suffer missing that many players … well, maybe not kilkenny.