Ryan switches codes

13 October 2009

Dublin's Shane Ryan
Shane Ryan has handed Anthony Daly a massive boost by throwing in his lot with the Dublin hurlers.

The current All-Star footballer has decided to call time on his Dublin football career after a frustrating season spent on the subs bench. The Naomh Mearnog clubman informed Dublin football manager Pat Gilroy of his intentions over the weekend and attended a meeting of the hurling panel last night.

His decision brings to an end a 10-year football career in which Ryan collected six Leinster medals and one All Star award. He can now resume his inter-county hurling career after an eight-year lapse.

"It's something that I have been rattling around in my head for the past few months," the 31-year-old told the Evening Herald.

"To be honest it's something that I have thought about most years since I have been involved at inter-county level.

"But it's a case of 'now or never' and I don't want to finish my inter-county career without giving hurling a right go."

All eyes will now be on Ballyboden St. Enda's dual star Conal Keaney, who has yet to announce his intentions for next season. Like Ryan, Keaney quit the Dublin hurlers in 2004 to concentrate on his football career, but speculation has been increasing in recent weeks that he too may switch back to the small bode code.