One of Kildare’s standout performers from their 2017 hurling season has been drafted into the Limerick senior hurling panel.
Dromin Athlacca star David Reidy played with the Lilywhites last year after missing out on selection to the Limerick panel, but manager John Kiely has included him as part of an extended Treaty squad ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Reidy was the star for Kildare last year as he almost singlehandedly pulled Joe Quaid’s side through games at times, the most notable occasion being the first round Christy Ring Cup win over Mayo when he scored 13 points of Kildare’s tally of 0-17.
Reidy’s selection would mean he would be a miss for Kildare next year, but manager Joe Quaid outlined how he would prefer not to pick any players from outside the county and to focus solely on developing talent from within.
“My thoughts on it are well documented; we always try to fill the panel from within in Kildare,” Quaid told KildareNow.
“It was just last year that we couldn’t get Kildare players to commit. I’m delighted for David. It did him no harm to be in the limelight, but to be fair to David, he didn’t come with us last year to do that, he came with us because he was asked the same as the rest of the lads were, and they were happy to throw their lot in with Kildare.”
Quaid was delighted with the contribution that the five outside players made last year, but he will be hoping that he doesn’t have to call upon the services of any special eligibility players in 2018.
“At the end of the day, all the fellas that came, they’re genuine hurling men and they wanted to play intercounty hurling and they got the opportunity,” he said.
“It still beggars belief why he wasn’t on the Limerick panel last year, but I suppose Limerick’s loss last year was definitely Kildare’s gain because it ensured that we had a good league campaign and he was instrumental when we beat Mayo in the Christy Ring Cup as well.”
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