Paul Kelly has been dropped from Tipperary’s senior hurling panel,after being informed of the news by management last week.
Kelly, older brother of captain Eoin, met with manager Declan Ryan and was told that he would not be part of the squad for the new campaign. The thirty-two year old was a member of the senior panel since 1998 and made 36 championship appearances for the Premier county. He scored 1-48 and was a central figure for the side, winning two All Stars in the process(2002/05).
Although the player had struggled with injury over the last few seasons,he appeared to be on the comeback trail and played a crucial role for UL in their Fitzgibbon Cup success earlier in the year.
He scored a goal against Waterford in Tipp’s clash with the Deise in March but was substituted at half-time in the next outing against Offaly. It now appears as it the latter match will have been Kelly’s last appearance in a Tipperary jersey.