“A big difference is we’ve so many young fellas coming through. I played for a few years where we just weren’t bringing lads in. If anything we were losing players, the likes of Ronan Driscoll, Rob Ryan and Eoin Hegarty, to emigration.
“We didn’t get too down about the result because we believed we were on the right track. Our league results were good and we were playing at a higher level after coming up from Division 3.”
“I can see all the hurlers we have coming up behind the lads we’ve brought in. The likes of Paul Cooney and Stephen Wills. They’d be hoping to be around the scene next year and they’re well able to hurl at a high level.”
“I’d a good underage team and we were well looked after by the likes of Brian Coughlan, Ian’s dad, Liam Barry, Gareth Irish and Brendan Driscoll.”