ALL-STAR FULL-BACK Paul Curran will captain the Tipperary senior hurlers for the 2012 season, it was confirmed last night.
Manager Declan Ryan has turned to the Mullinahone clubman to replace Eoin Kelly, who captained the county to its All-Ireland win over Kilkenny in 2010.
Padraic Maher will serve as the team’s vice-captain, where he replaces outgoing deputy Conor O’Mahony.
The 2012 campaign will be Curran’s 12th in the blue and gold of Tipperary. The 30-year-old made his senior inter-county debut against Cork in the 2001 National Hurling League and formed part of the extended panel as Tipperary went on to win Munster and All-Ireland titles later that year.
Curran won a second All-Ireland medal in 2010, and was named All-Star full-back that season and again in 2011.
Maher, 23, captained the Tipperary U21s to an All-Ireland in 2010 and also played a key role in Tipp’s senior championship win later that season.