Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy has an abundance of talented hurlers at his disposal as the Premier County prepare to embark on a new campaign, but Jackie Tyrrell believes that Sheedy's most important task this season will be melding youth and experience, as the county's nascent talents press decorated veterans for starting places.
Reigning league and All-Ireland champions Limerick provide the opposition when Tipperary get their campaign under way at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening, with the league a likely competition for experimentation in terms of line-up.
"They have almost two pools of talent," Tyrell told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.
"One is an ageing pool that have a lot of miles on the clock, some of the greatest hurlers to ever come out of Tipperary – Séamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher – and then you have a pool at the other end, with this raft of under-21s coming through that we haven't really seen.
"We've seen small snippets of Paddy Cadell, Robert Byrne and Jake Morris, but they haven't really been exposed to enough high level performance games to make any real examination of them.
"So how will he marry the two of them?
"For Tipperary to win an All-Ireland this year they'll need a bit of both."
The aforementioned cohort of Callanan, McGrath and the Mahers may all be in their thirties, but their experience gained winning All-Irelands at minor and senior level under Sheedy – and their performance levels when last seen – should see them remain integral parts of the team in some capacity moving forward.
"They're his lieutenants," Tyrrell added. "They've never let him down, 'Bonner' Maher and these lads, but they're probably not all going to be playing. If they are all going to be playing, it'll probably be in a role for 40 minutes and then they're coming off.
"I do think Tipperary are the best team out there equipped to – if this is managed very well, and I believe Liam Sheedy will do a really good job – and I think they will push Limerick very hard this year."
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