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Published: 09:50 | 22/8/16

Kearns wants Tipperary to grow

Liam Kearns has called on Tipperary to build on their strong performance on the Championship and become semi-finalists.

Having lost to Kerry in the Munster SFC final, Tipperary defeated Derry and Galway to reach the All-Ireland SFC semi-final for the first time in 81 years only to lose 2-13 to 0-14 to Mayo at Croke Park on Sunday.

Kearns believes Tipperary have the ability to challenge the bigger counties but admits they will have to work on their structure if they are to become regular semi-finalists.

"Mayo have been in six semi-finals in a row. My view is that Tipperary can aspire to come back to this level on a regular basis, providing we get things right, total commitment," Kearns said.

"I let others judge if we can get back but the boys have been very comfortable out here, they haven't let themselves down in Croke Park in the quarter-finals or semi-finals.

"There's a lot of good players in Tipperary who could have been with us here but weren't, so we need to get our set-up right back in the county.

"You'd have to sit down with the football board, the county board and discuss it. There's loads of things I could say here but it's not the forum for it. You have to look to the future."

Mayo will face Kerry or Dublin in the All-Ireland final but Kearns fears they will need to improve to have any hope of lifting the Sam Maguire on September 18.

"They're trying to win an All-Ireland, they're going to have to improve. Dublin or Kerry will be a fair test for them in the final," Kearns is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"Their panel and play might have been stronger two years ago. I saw them in 2014 when they drew with Kerry and were beaten in a replay in the semi-final, I thought they were at their peak then.

"I don't know if they're at their peak now but they're in a final. They have another shot and they're getting a lot of breaks now, so maybe their name is on the cup this time.

"I hope it is, I'd love to see Mayo win an All-Ireland."

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