I can't understand how Patrick Horgan doesn't make the list for the top five hurlers in the country

I can't understand how Patrick Horgan doesn't make the list for the top five hurlers in the country
Patrick Horgan in action. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

FORMER Cork star Diarmuid O’Sullivan believes that Patrick Horgan does not always get the credit that he deserves, even as a superb artist of the dead ball.

The Glen Rovers star has won county senior club medals, a couple of Munster titles, as well as three All-Stars. He is one of the county’s most decorated players.

However, now in his 13th season in the red jersey, he is still waiting for his first All-Ireland senior medal.

“Hoggy is exceptional,” says O’Sullivan, a GAA ambassador for Paddy Power.

“We know what he can do; he is a genuine lad. But there is no room for sentiment. There was none for Ken McGrath or Tony Browne or any of the lads who went before without winning an All-Ireland.

“Guys outside Cork are not going to worry if Patrick has not won one up to now.”

Patrick Horgan and John Good, CIT. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Patrick Horgan and John Good, CIT. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

O’Sullivan, holder of three Celtic Crosses himself and four All-Stars, believes that it would be a shame if he ends his glittering career without one.

“It might be something that might plague him if it did not happen but, as a Corkman, it would be a travesty if a couple of them did not win one, but they have to push on now.”

He is mystified why the lethal attacker is not rated more highly when the conversation turns to the top forward in hurling.

“When you see guys talking about TJ Reid, Joe Canning, Arron Gillane, the past few years as the top three players, I cannot understand why Horgan is not in the top three in that conversation; it does my head in.

“He is continuously top of the scoring charts for Cork in the championship, year in, year out.

“He’s there, what, 10 years at this stage. He is constantly performing at the top level and I just can’t understand it.

“Sometimes, he does not make the conversation in the top five hurlers. Maybe that’s bias because I know what he’s like on and off the field. As a hurler, he is gifted.”

Patrick Horgan racing onto the ball against Limerick. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Patrick Horgan racing onto the ball against Limerick. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Horgan was an All-Star in 2013 and 2018 and unlucky to miss out on the individual accolade last year, but has yet to get his chance to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand.

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