Saturday 27 May 2017

No extra pressure on me to deliver - Callanan

Seamus Callanan: 'no pressure'. Photo: Sportsfile
Seamus Callanan: 'no pressure'. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tipperary star Seamus Callanan believes there is no extra pressure on him to deliver despite his stellar form in recent seasons.

Callanan has earned three successive nominations for the Hurler of the Year award and has become one of the most feared attackers in the country.

All-Ireland champions Tipp start their league campaign with Saturday night's date with Dublin in Croke Park and Callanan insists any responsibility will be spread evenly across the squad as they look to win a first league title since 2008.

"We have a lot of players there that can stand up to the plate," the Drom and Inch ace commented. "There's no pressure on any individual there. You go out and play hurling to enjoy yourself and that's what I try to do every day I play.

"Sometimes you won't score as much as you do in other days, but you have to take that too. Once you're enjoying the game, that's the main thing. That's what I play it for. I don't find pressure on any occasion.

"I work hard in training and I don't ever leave any stone unturned. If it doesn't work out for me on any given day, that's the way the game played out. Somebody else I'm sure will stand up.

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"I don't ever put pressure on myself in that regard."

Tipperary are out to defend the All-Ireland title they won in spectacular fashion last September but having lost deciders in both 2011 and 2014, Callanan expects the bitter memories of those defeats to drive his side towards a first successful retention of Liam MacCarthy since 1965.

"For Tipperary, we've lost enough All-Irelands to really appreciate what it means to win one.

"When you see the comparison between the two and you're in the dressing-room after the two of them, winning and losing, there's only one dressing-room you want to be in.

"That should be motivation enough to get going and to push on really well for the next year again."

And he insists that they have parked last year's success as they look to achieve "a lot more".

"I think everyone is very focused. We obviously want to achieve a lot more now. We'll take it step by step, it's back to hard work again. We had a good break over the winter so everyone is ready to go again. We're just hungry for the year to start and to get going.

"The group is very focused. We all want to win. And even though we won the All-Ireland last year, we don't want to stop at that."

Irish Independent

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