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Niall Moran's out of retirement and is back in the Limerick hurling squad

Manager TJ Ryan has confirmed the Ahane club man is back in his squad before the Munster final.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

NIALL MORAN HAS officially returned to the Limerick panel ahead of Sunday week’s Munster hurling final after having announced his retirement last December from the inter-county game.

Manager TJ Ryan confirmed last night that he has brought Moran back into the frame and that he had tried to entice him to make a comeback earlier this year.

Moran was not part of the 26-man squad for the provincial semi-final win over Tipperary last month but is back in contention for a place on the panel for the clash with Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 13th.

“At the start of the year maybe I tried to change his mind,” revealed Ryan. “But Niall has a lot of things going on between teaching and farming and building a house. You have to take into consideration that people have lives outside of this too.

“We’re looking for 24/7 but this is what we do as a hobby at the end of the day. I said to him that from where we are at, anything or anybody that can help we’ll certainly have a look at.

“Niall’s been training with us since before the Tipperary game and Mike Fitzgerald from Doon as well, but he got a hamstring injury in a club game so he’s been unfortunate.

“At the end of the day we were looking to make up 15-v-15′s in training and had a few injuries before Tipperary. He (Niall) was one of the calls I made basically and he was mad keen. He came back and we said we’d have a look, there was no pressure on either side but he’s back now and he knew 100 per cent what it was about. Niall is a top man.”

Seamus Hickey and Niall Moran celebrate Niall Moran celebrates last year's Munster final win with Seamus Hickey. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

31 year-old Moran made his Limerick senior debut in 2003 and was part of the side that contested the 2007 All-Ireland senior hurling final. Last July he won his first Munster senior medal when Limerick defeated Cork by 0-24 to 0-15 in the decider at the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick continue to be without U21 player David Reidy due to a shoulder injury while there are fresh injury worries over Conor Allis (ankle) and Alan Dempsey (knee).

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