PA Cronin is the new Cork hurling captain.
The Bishopstown clubman, who made his championship debut under Gerald McCarthy in 2007, was informed of his appointment by Jimmy BarryMurphy last week, and it's one likely to be greeted with widespread approval on Leeside.
It hasn't come as any great surprise in view of his excellent form in last year's championship when he was arguably the most impressive Cork player over the course of a campaign that culminated in an All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Galway.
With last weekend's Waterford Crystal Cup game doubling as a fixture with the inaugural Canon Michael O'Brien Cup final, Pa Cronin enjoyed the unique distinction of collecting a trophy in his very first game as Cork skipper. Maybe there will be more to come, and Cronin says he is hoping for a good year ahead, although he insists he doesn't feel any extra pressure as a result of his appointment
"I was delighted to get the call from Jimmy last week, and I suppose it's a massive honour to captain Cork, but it doesn't mean I will be doing anything differently. People make the captaincy out to be something bigger than it actually is, and what is basically amounts to is to go up for the toss before games and make a few speeches here and there.
"The way I'm going to approach it is to try and play as well as I can in every game, to try and lead by example on the field, but that's the way it has always been for me, and I'm sure it's the same for every other player," he remarked.