Cathal Barrett returned to the playing field for Tipperary's hurlers yesterday as they defeated Ulster club champions Slaughtneil by 1-23 to 3-8 in a challenge game in Castleknock.
Tipp manager Michael Ryan released Barrett from his squad back in May over an apparent breach of discipline following the Premier men's Munster quarter-final defeat to Cork.
As a result, the All Star defender missed his county's run to the All-Ireland semi-finals where they lost out to would-be champions Galway by a point at Croke Park.
Yesterday's clash against Slaughtneil in the capital saw Ryan field an experimental side, starting Barrett at centre-field alongside Justin Cahill while Paul Maher assumed the centre-back position.
Jason Forde top-scored for the winners with 0-8 and Patrick Maher, Seamus Kennedy and Noel McGrath all came off the bench in the second-half in Castleknock.