Padraic Maher insisted that Tipperary is focused

Padraic Maher insisted that Tipperary is focused on retaining their All-Ireland crown throughout the qualifiers but the players had laughed off the “ridiculous” rumours of agitation in the squad.

As a result of champions’ surprise Munster SHC defeat to Cork in the quarter final, Cathal Barrett was dropped from the panel for disciplinary actions.

The furious speculation on social media that one of the team’s senior player is also involved in training ground bust up

All-star wing back player, Maher, reacted that the speculation was so broad that it amused the players.

“There are so many things going around at the moment about stuff in the Tipperary camp,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“We’re focusing on stuff that’s actually real and important to us.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to smile and let them all off, because there’s no point in us losing energy on things that don’t matter and things that didn’t really happen.”

Maher recommended that people spreading those rumours are those who cannot accept the obvious explanation for Tipperary’s losses to Galway and Cork.

“I don’t know where they’re coming out of,” he reflected.

“When we lose a game, people expect there to be excuses as to why we lost, and not just that we were beaten by a better team on the day.

“We’ve put it out of our heads because a lot of it is ridiculous stuff.

“We’re concentrating on the road ahead. We want to get back to what we do and that’s playing hurling.”

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Thurles Sarsfields man believes that Tipperary can now turn their season around in the qualifiers, which begin the weekend of July 1.

“Obviously, we were very disappointed with the league final and the Cork game,” he said. “Fair dues to Cork. They thoroughly deserved to win on the day.

“We didn’t give a performance we were happy with. But we regrouped the Tuesday night after and we’re looking ahead now to the qualifiers.

“We’re hell-bent on getting back to where we want to be”

“We still have another shot at this. We’re not gone yet.

“It’s a tough route. We know we have a long road ahead of us at the moment but it’s one we’re willing to give everything to.

“Hopefully we can build up momentum. We’re hell-bent on getting back to where we want to be.”